• Poplar Grove National Cemetery Luminary Event (photo courtesy of Joanne Williams)

    Petersburg

    National Battlefield Virginia

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  • No Parking Available in the Eastern Front Unit August 2

    Free shuttle service will transport all visitors to and from the Eastern Front Unit on August 2 during 150th Anniv. of the Battle of the Crater events. Shuttles will depart from the Farmer's Market located at 9 Old St. in Old Towne Petersburg.

  • Eastern Front Unit Trails Closed to Horse Traffic on August 2

    Those who would like to ride horses at the park on Aug. 2 are encouraged to use the trails at Five Forks in Dinwiddie County as other trails will be closed to horses that day while the park commemorates the 150th Anniv. of the Battle of the Crater.

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?

Confederate Railroads in Virginia

Petersburg, Virginia was linked to Wilmington, North Carolina by the Petersburg and Weldon Railroad. Wilmington was the Confederacy's chief destination for Confederate blockade runners loaded with European goods and supplies for citizens and soldiers alike. (Petersburg National Battlefield)