• 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.

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Confluence at City Point

Confluence at City Point

(NPS Photo)

Petersburg National Battlefield is located within two drainage basins (Chesapeake Bay and Albermarle Sound). The confluence of the James and Appomattox Rivers occurs at City Point, and, because of the James' eventual outlet into the Chesapeake Bay, the park is included in the Virginia Coastal Zone.

Five streams drain the Eastern Front, and they are all within the Chesapeake Bay drainage basin. Poor and Harrison Creeks are the largest. Taylor's Creek is a tributary of Poor Creek, and Branch Creek and an unnamed creek are tributaries of Harrison Creek. All of these creeks drain into the Appomattox River, and, after that, into the Chesapeake Bay.

The park's Western Front lies in Dinwiddie County. This site is drained by Rohoic Creek, which eventually empties into the Appomattox River. Five Forks is drained by Hatcher's Run and Chamberlain's Bed Creek. These creeks drain into the Nottoway River, which drains into the Chowan River, and ultimately reach the Atlantic Ocean.

Did You Know?

The Crater in Petersburg

The 4th Division of the Union 9th Corps lost 209 men killed and wounded at the Battle of the Crater. Poplar Grove National Cemetery is the resting spot for 331 United States Colored Troops. Most of these men are unidentified burials from the Crater battlefield. (Petersburg Nat'l Battlefield)