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Petersburg National Battlefield in the Media...

Sept. 23, 2014 - Petersburg Progress-Index: Parts of two Civil War Battlefields now protected

Sept. 16, 2014 - Washington Post (AP Article): Virginia Geologists to Probe Petersburg Battlefield

Upcoming Events:

Saturday, September 27
From Slavery to Freedom Van Tour
10:00 am - Departs from the Eastern Front Visitor Center

Free tour takes visitors to sites pre-war, wartime, and post-war Petersburg that reflect the changing status of African Americans during that time period.
Reservations are necessary. Call (804) 732-3531 ext. 200 to reserve a spot or e-mail Ranger Robert Webster at e-mail us.

Saturday, September 27* & Sunday, September 28
150th Anniversary of the Battle of Peebles' Farm
Locations: Poplar Grove National Cemetery (Western Front, Stop 2), Fort Fisher (Western Front, Stop 3), and Fort Urmston
General Ulysses S. Grant's Fifth Offensive against Petersburg will be the focus of Ranger talks and living history demonstrations during this weekend long event hosted by Petersburg National Battlefield and Civil War Trust. Saturday, 10:00 - 4:00 pm Sunday, 10:00 - 2:00 pm

* September 27 is National Public Lands Day - There will be no entrance fees charged at all National Park Service sites.

Saturday, October 4
Hard Liquor and Women Walking Tour of Old Towne Petersburg
10:30 am, 1:15 pm, and 3:00 pm - Departs from the Farmer's Market, 9 Old Street in Petersburg
Free walking tours focuses on how off duty Confederate soldiers during the Siege of Petersburg sought ways to relieve their stress, often with the help of some of Petersburg's less respected citizens. Reservations are not required.

Details and Schedule: Visitor's Guide

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.