Petersburg National Battlefield

Petersburg National Battlefield
Petersburg National Battlefield
Petersburg National Battlefield - Operations Building
1539 Hickory Hill Road
Petersburg, VA 23803
Region Central Virginia
Locality Petersburg City
Phone: (804) 732-3531
Headquarters: (804) 732-3571
Fax: (804) 732-0835

Petersburg National Battlefield Park, located approximately 25 miles south of Richmond, encompasses a large area with battlefield sites and visitor centers.

In June 1864 Ulysses S. Grant realized that the key to conquering Richmond was to bring down the remaining major supply source, Petersburg. Three days after an unsuccessful attack, Grant decided to surround the city and wear down the supply desperate Confederate soldiers. The Confederates under General Robert E.Lee, managed to hold off the Northern troops for 9 1/2 months. However, by early April the Confederates could protect Petersburg no longer and evacuated the damaged city. Both armies began their trek toward Appomattox leaving behind 70,000 casualties in what was the longest siege in American warfare. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse would occur one week later.

Last Updated: 10/24/2013 2:18 PM
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