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An American City Under Siege

Taylor House Dependency Ruins
Ruins of the Taylor House dependency. The Taylor House, located at tour stop 7 of the Eastern Front Unit, is thought to have been destroyed during the opening attacks on Petersburg in mid-June, 1864.



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Remember your visit or prepare for a future visit to Petersburg National Battlefield by exploring our
Bookstore (eParks) where you can find gifts, books and other commemorative items.

Explore the Park
If you're a teacher looking for activities for your class, check out our Education page (https://www.nps.gov/pete/learn/education/index.htm) , there, you will be able to download our Educator's Guide which offers an assortment of field trip programs. Kids and youth can find fun ways to learn about history by participating in our Junior Ranger program and Summer Day Camps (https://www.nps.gov/pete/learn/kidsyouth/index.htm)

Life in the Trenches
292 days living in trenches made life miserable for the thousands of soldiers
involved in the siege. Disease, loneliness, dispair, and horror were just some
of the words used to describe the soldiers' experience at Petersburg. Discover more by visiting our History and Culture pages (
https://www.nps.gov/pete/learn/historyculture/index.htm) .

Caring for the Natural Landscape
The Battlefield's creeks and forest provide a habitat for a variety of species such as deer, wild turkey, eagles, and the occasional bear. Many of the plant and animal species were depended on by soldiers for food and medicinal purposes. Learn more about the natural side of your park in our Nature section (https://www.nps.gov/pete/learn/nature/index.htm) .

Last updated: December 20, 2017

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Mailing Address:

Petersburg National Battlefield Administration Office
1539 Hickory Hill Road

Petersburg, VA 23803


(804) 732-3531 x0

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