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Petersburg National Battlefield

1539 Hickory Hill Road, Petersburg National Battlefield, Petersburg, VA 23803, USA  | More on: Petersburg »

On June 15, 1864, Union forces made their first major attempt to destroy Richmond's main supply base: Petersburg. For four days, repeated attempts are made to take the city by direct attack, but each attempt fails. Finally General Ulysses S. Grant decides to lay siege to Petersburg. Northern forces proceed around the Confederate defense line, intent on wearing down Confederate forces by cutting off railroads and other supply lines. Following almost ten months of siege warfare, which included the Battles of the Crater, Weldon Railroad, Reams Station, Fort Stedman, White Oak Road, and Five Forks, Union troops finally break through the Confederate defensive line. General Robert E. Lee's soldiers are forced to not only retreat from Petersburg, but also Richmond. Seven days after the Siege of Petersburg ends, General Lee's Army surrenders at Appomattox.


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From I-95 & I-85: Take the Wythe Street (Rt. 36 east) exit.[From south bound I-95 this is Exit 52; From northbound I-95 this is Exit 50 D; and from north bound I-85 this is Exit 69] Turn onto this one-way road and follow it 2.5 miles to the park entrance on the right. From 295: Take exit 9B onto Rt. 36 west to park entrance on the right just past Fort Lee. From Norfolk area: Take 460 west to Petersburg and take the Crater Road (Rt. 301) north exit. Follow Crater Road to Wythe Street, turn right and follow it for 2.5 miles to park entrance.

Visitor Services

Restrooms, handicapped access, gift shops, wheelchairs available, picnic area

Regular Events

Summer Ranger Guided Tours, Annual Battle of Five Forks Living History Program (late March or early April), Summer Camp Program "Camp Arrowhead"

Available Interpretation

Visitor Center, Museum, Audio/Visual Program, Wayside Exhibits, Ranger Tours (summer), Historic Trails, Recreational Trails, Jr. Ranger Program, Summer Soldier Camp for Children

Plan Your Visit

Admission Fee

$5.00 per vehicle, $3 for individual entry


Visitors Centers: 9:00am -5:00pm, Grounds: 8:00am - sunset



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