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    meade station trail.

    by doug48 Written May 18, 2011
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    also located at stop # 3 on the battlefield auto tour is the meade station trail. this short trail passes by the site of meade station, an important supply depot, fort lee, and the site of union infantry camps.

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    battery 9

    by doug48 Written May 18, 2011
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    battery 9 is stop # 3 on the battlefield auto tour. black troops captured this battery in the first days of the siege. this site features confederate fortifications and reconstructed buildings that were there during the siege.

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    battery 8

    by doug48 Written May 18, 2011
    confederate battery #8

    confederate battery 8 is stop # 2 on the petersburg battlefield auto tour. this battery was captured by black union troops and was renamed fort friend for the friend house located nearby. this fort played a major role during the battle of fort stedman in march 1864.

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    battery 5

    by doug48 Written May 17, 2011
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    in 1862 captain charles dimmock oversaw the construction of a ten mile line of defensive earthen works ringing petersburg. pictured is battery five one of the largest of fifty five artillery positions in the dimmock line. battery five was built by slave labor. battery five is stop #1 in the eastern front auto tour.

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    union fort

    by doug48 Written May 17, 2011
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    in september 1864 confederate general wade hampton raided the union lines near city point and captured 2,486 head of cattle and returned to confederate territory. hampton's daring foray into union lines became known as the "beefsteak raid". since this raid was so close to general ulysses s. grant's headquarters grant ordered the construction of eight earthen forts in a line near modern day hopewell virginia. union fort is one of the existant forts remaining in that line of defenses.

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    downtown historic district

    by doug48 Written May 15, 2011
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    the petersburg historic district is listed on the national register of historic places. in downtown there a scores of historic and architectually significant homes and buildings. pictured is a residental block in downtown petersburg. for those interested in history and architecture petersburg is a very worth while side trip off of I-95 in southeast virginia.

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    site of jones trading station

    by doug48 Written May 15, 2011
    site of jones trading station

    pictured is the ruins of an 1809 building that is believed to be on the site of major peter jones trading station. jones had a trading station here in around 1675. the town of petersburg is named after peter jones.

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    trapezium house

    by doug48 Written May 15, 2011
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    this interesting house was built by charles o'hara in 1817. this house was built with no right angles because a west indian slave told o'hara that ghosts live in right angles. all of the doors, windows, floors, and stairs do not have right angles. this unusual building is open to the public by tour.

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    siege museum

    by doug48 Written May 15, 2011
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    the petersburg siege museum is located in the historic exchange building in the downtown historic district. this beautiful greek revival building was built between 1839 and 1841. the siege museum has a collection of civil war artifacts and shows an excellent movie about the ten month siege of petersburg. for those interested in civil war history the siege museum should not be missed on a visit to petersburg.

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    centre hill mansion

    by doug48 Written May 15, 2011
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    the centre hill mansion was built by robert bolling in 1823. this beautiful mansion is a blend of federal, greek revival, and colonial revival architectural elements. after the end of the civil war the mansion was the headquarters of the union in petersburg and on april 7 th 1865 president abraham lincoln and senator charles sumner visited the home. centre hill mansion is listed on the national register of historic places. today the mansion is open to the public for tours.

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    fort morton

    by doug48 Written May 19, 2011
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    fort morton is stop # 7 on the battlefield auto tour. at this site union artillery along with heavy infantry fire stopped the confederate southward advance during the battle of fort stedman.

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