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Petersburg Breakthrough

The Breakthrough, The Third Battle of Petersburg, Fall of Petersburg

April 2, 1865

Petersburg, Virginia

The best way to access the Breakthrough battlefield is to visit Pamplin Park which is west of the City of Petersburg. In addition to the great museums and sites at Pamplin, you can walk The Breakthrough Trail which follows the Confederate lines where the Breakthrough occurred. From the Breakthrough Trail you can connect to the Jones Farm trail that includes much of the land that Union soldiers traversed during their attack.

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Essential To-Do List:
Petersburg Breakthrough

Get the most out of your Civil War battlefield visit by exploring these recommended To-Dos.

Find A.P. Hill's death marker at Petersburg

Learn more about the sudden death of this well-respected Confederate officer as he rode toward the front lines at Petersburg on April 2, 1865.

Drive the extensive siege lines west of Petersburg

As the engagement at Petersburg expanded into a protracted siege between 1864 and 1865, both the Union and Confederate forces moved westward, building trench lines and forts while engaging each other in bloody combat.

Experience Trial by Fire at Pamplin Historical Park

Pamplin Historical Park and its National Museum of the Civil War Soldier provide hands-on exhibits that will thrill children and adults alike.

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Pamplin Park: 9am to 5pm during Summer months




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