Petersburg Travel Guide

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    centre hill mansion
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Petersburg Things to Do

  • petersburg courthouse

    the petersburg courthouse was built in 1839. during the siege of petersburg during the civil war the courthouse served as the confederate headquarters. on june 9 th 1864 the courthouse bell was rung to warn local militias to meet the advancing union cavalry. during the ten month siege of petersburg both union and confederate forces could see the...

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  • grant's headquarters

    this two room cabin was general ulysses s. grants headquarters during the ten month seige of petersburg. grant's headquarters was established in the summer of 1864 on the grounds of appomattox plantation at the confluence of the appomattox and james rivers. the plantation was used as a supply depot, communications center, and a field hospital. a...

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  • petersburg visitor center

    the petersburg visitor center in located in the farmer's bank building in downtown petersburg. the farmer's bank was built in 1817 and is one of the oldest existant bank buildings in america. at the visitor center you can get information on the attractions of petersburg, a map of the downtown historic district, and information on the petersburg...

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  • battle of dinwiddle courthouse

    the battle of dinwiddle courthouse was a minor engagement on march 31 th 1865 between the forces of union general philip sheridan and the forces of confederate generals george pickett and w.h.f lee. the confederates drove back sheridan's troops north and northwest of dinwiddle courthouse and temporarily stalled sheridan's movement. with union...

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  • blandford church cemetery

    located at the end of the eastern front battlefield tour is blandford church cemetery. blandford church cemetery was established in 1702 and is the final resting place of a british revolutionary general, two governors of virginia, three civil war generals, and 30,000 civil war soldiers. this historic cemetery has an execellent collection of...

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  • battle of the crater

    located at auto tour stop # 8 is the site of the crater. the battle of the crater was one of the most unusual and tragic events in the civil war. henry pleasants, a pennsylvania coal mining engineer devised a plan to blow up part of the confederate defensive line. pleasants and his engineers dug a 511 foot tunnel under confederate fortifications...

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  • five forks visitor center

    the five forks visitor center is a good first stop on a visit to five forks battlefield. the interior of the visitor center is an interpretation of tabacco barns that dotted the rural virginia landscape in the 1860's. also here you can get information on this historic battle.

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  • battle of white oak road.

    the battle of white oak road was fought between the forces of union general joshua chamberain and general richard anderson CSA on march 29 th 1865. in this minor battle there were 381 union casualties and 370 confederate casualties.

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  • appomattox plantation

    appomattox plantation was a 2,300 acre plantation established by dr. richard epps. prior to the civil war appomattox plantation had 130 slaves. in 1862 the presence of union gunboats on the james river forced epps and his family to seek shelter in petersburg. during the siege of petersburg dr. epps served as a surgeon in a petersburg military...

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  • petersburg national battlefield visitors...

    pictured is the petersburg national battlefield visitors center. the visitors center is located at battery five on the dimmock defensive line east of downtown petersburg. at the visitor center you can get a map for a auto tour of the siege of petersburg. the visitor center is a good first stop on a visit to petersburg national battlefield.

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  • battle of five forks

    the battle of five forks was fought on april 1 st 1865 between the forces of union general philip sheridan and confederate general george pickett. the battle of five forks was a minor engagement compared to the massive battles of gettysburg and shiloh but it was one of the most important union victories in the civil war. the union victory at the...

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  • pamplin historic park

    pamplin historic park is home to the museum of the civil war soldier. in the park there are several historic homes and farms. there also is a three mile walking trail which passes by sites in the siege of petersburg. for those interested in civil war history and southern culture pamplin is worth a stop in the petersburg area.

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  • fort morton

    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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  • fort haskell

    fort haskell is stop # 6 on the battlefield auto tour. on march 25 th 1865 after the confederates took fort stedman they bombarded nearby fort haskell. the union held fort haskell which led to the union counter attack of fort stedman. union general john hartranft retook fort stedman later that day. the confederate attack on forts stedman and...

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  • fort stedman

    fort stedman is stop #5 on the battlefield auto tour. at 4:15 am march 25 th 1865 the confederate forces of general john gordon attacked fort stedman. the confederates captured the fort and used it's captured guns to bombard nearby fort haskell. later in the morning union general john hartranft counter attacked and retook the fort. the battle of...

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  • harrison's creek

    harrison's creek is stop # 4 on the battlefield auto tour. on june 15 th 1864 after being driven out of the dimmock line, the outnumbered confederate defenders of petersburg formed a new defensive line on the heights across harrison's creek. confederate forces dug in along the west bank of this creek for two days before withdrawing closer to...

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  • meade station trail.

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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...

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  • downtown historic district

    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...

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  • 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

    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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    by doug48 Updated May 15, 2011

    the bistro was a pleasant surprise on my recent visit to petersburg. this eclectic restaurant has a wide range of choices from gourmet to southern cuisine. i liked the selections of classical music in the background. moderately priced.

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