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    Petersburg

    National Battlefield Virginia

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Fish

Bowfin from Hatcher's Run

Bowfin from Hatcher's Run

(NPS Photo)

The waterways of Petersburg support at least 22 different species of fish, although they are relatively small in size and number. The most notable body of water lies in the Five Forks Battlefield area of the park. Here, a beaver dam has been built across Hatcher's Run, creating a large pond and wetland area. This diverse habitat is home to a number of larger fish species, such as Bowfin, Bluegill, Chain Pickerel, and Largemouth Bass.

In the creeks of the Eastern Front, made up of a network of two larger creeks and three tributaries of these creeks, a number of smaller fish species have been documented. These shallow, slow-moving systems are home to the Blacknose Dace and Rosyside Dace.

Did You Know?

Richard Eppes, 1890s

Richard Eppes, owner of Appomattox Plantation, which is currently part of the Grant's HQ Unit of Petersburg National Battlefield, noted that it took 8,320 pounds of bacon each year to feed his 127 enslaved people in 1860.