Embattled Capital, 1861 to 1865
Richmond's story is not just the tale of one large Civil War battle, nor even one important campaign. Instead, the park's resources include a naval battle, a key industrial complex, the Confederacy's largest hospital, dozens of miles of elaborate original fortifications, and the evocative spots where determined soldiers stood paces apart and fought with rifles, reaping a staggering human cost.
2013 Saturday Ranger Series
Spend your Saturdays with us this summer as we explore the area's Civil War history -- on the battlefields and beyond!Read More
There were two major campaigns to take Richmond, the capital of the Confederacy: the 1862 Peninsula Campaign and the 1864 Overland Campaign.Read More
Greening the Park
Richmond National Battlefield Park is committed to ensuring that environmentally friendly, sustainable practices are a part of our regular operations.Read More
Plan your Visit!
This section will help you learn how to begin and how best to see our thirteen sites. Includes directions, maps, site addresses and operating hours.Read More
Gain valuable experience with the National Park Service by spending a season on the battlefields!Read More
Find out how to book a school program and receive pre and post visit activity booklets for your classroom.Read More
Become a Volunteer
Volunteers are Very Important People, (VIPs)! We need your skills and expertise in order to achieve our mission.Read More
Did You Know?
President Abraham Lincoln visited the Richmond area twice during the war. In July 1862 he met with General McClellan at Harrison’s Landing on the James River. Lincoln came to Richmond on April 4, 1865 and walked the streets of a city still smouldering from the evacuation fires.