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    Petersburg

    National Battlefield Virginia

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Upcoming Events:

Saturday, September 13:
Civil War 150th Speaker Series - "The Ladies Memorial Association of Petersburg"
Lecture by Martha Atkinson, Site Manager of Historic Blandford Church and Cemetery
11:00 am - Appomattox Regional Library, 209 E. Cawson Street, Hopewell
2:00 pm - Petersburg National Battlefield Eastern Front Unit Visitor Center Auditorium

Saturday, September 20:
"The Forgotten Fourteen" - 150th Anniv. of the Battle of New Market Heights
Eastern Front Unit Visitor Center Auditorium - 10:00 am & 2:00 pm
Park Ranger Robert Webster talks about the United States Colored Troops who earned the Medal of Honor for bravery during the Battle of New Market Heights (just south of Richmond)

Sunday, September 21:
Civil War Kayak Tour of Union Crossings and Supply Sites on Appomattox River

Departure Location: Anchor Point Marina, 303A Beacon Ridge Road, Hopewell. Time: 11:00 am
Reservations Required: Please call (804) 732-3531 ext. 202 to reserve a spot.

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.


Details and Schedule: Visitor's Guide

Did You Know?

Charles Dimmock, Architect of the Petersburg defense line.

From the summer of 1862 until the spring of 1863, Confederate Captain Charles Dimmock appealed to slaveholders to hire their enslaved people, and also hired free black laborers to dig the ten-mile defense line around the City of Petersburg. The defenses became known as the Dimmock Line.