Almost one quarter of the entire Civil War was fought around Petersburg as Generals Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant wrestled for control of the railroads and supply lines that the Confederacy desperately needed for survival.
In May of 1864, General Benjamin F. Butler landed 40,000 troops on the Bermuda Hundred peninsula in Chesterfield County. His goal was to set up a base of operations and then advance toward Richmond and Petersburg. Battles fought in Chesterfield during May and early June of 1864 prevented Butler from reaching his goal, and ultimately pushed his troops back into their defensive positions in Bermuda Hundred, where they would remain for the rest of the war.
Spend the day at Pamplin Historical Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier and journey back to the 19th century.
Second oldest English settlement and home to Pocahontas. Site of the Civil War’s Dutch Gap Canal.
It is one of the few churches whose decorative stained-glass windows were completely executed under the direction of the famous designer Louis Comfort Tiffany of New York.
For several years on the evening of January 24, residents of Centre Hill heard what they believed to be ghosts of Civil War soldiers marching up and down the home’s staircase. A popular ghost watch is held annually on that date.
Built in 1789 by William and Christian Eppes Gilliam, it is notable for retaining much of its original interior.
The artifacts and exhibits in the Prince George County Regional Heritage Center tell the story of the county from its earliest beginnings to the present day.
The museum interprets the period from 1815 to 1873 and displays a wide array of Civil War era artifacts: guns, furniture, glass, ceramics, textiles, accouterments, books, swords and others.
Built in 1851, the Dinwiddie County Courthouse was the headquarters of Union General Philip H. Sheridan during the Battle of Dinwiddie and the Battle of Five Forks.
The Petersburg Courthouse, also known as Hustings Courthouse, was built between 1837 and 1839. It served as Confederate headquarters during the Siege of Petersburg.
One of the oldest bank buildings in the United States, the Farmers Bank of Petersburg was built in 1817.
This depot served the South Side Railroad line, the last railroad left operating during the Siege of Petersburg.
Fort Clifton was a Confederate stronghold on the Appomattox River, serving as an important link in the line that defended Richmond and Petersburg in 1864 and 1865.
The building was originally built in 1887 as a chapel for Catholic sailors in the area.
City Point (today’s Hopewell) served as General Ulysses S. Grant’s headquarters during the Siege of Petersburg. Seven hospitals there administered most of the care for the injured and mortally wounded.
Fork Inn is a restored 14-room tavern built in 1803. It served as a stagecoach stop and was used as a hospital following one of the last Civil War battles.
Older than the County itself, Merchants Hope dates back to early colonial days when the parish was established (circa 1657).
City Point, the oldest part of Hopewell, was founded in 1613 by Sir Thomas Dale for the Virginia Company.
Come take a walk through Lincoln's Final Footsteps. This self-guided tour chronicles Lincoln's historic time in the region.
Shortly before the beginning of operation Desert Storm in 1991, a television reporter asked a retired Army general to speculate on the tactics that would be used to drive Saddam Hussein’s forces from Kuwait.
The U.S. Army Women’s Museum honors women’s contributions to the Army from the Revolutionary War to the present, telling their stories with artifacts, interactive exhibits, educational programs, videos, dioramas, historical displays and photographs throughout the galleries, and with film presentations in the theater.
The Petersburg Area has an extraordinarily rich African-American Heritage that dates from the earliest English settlers in the 1600s to the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s.
Places like Poplar Grove National Cemetery reflect the tragedy that befell the United States during the Civil War. Each simple headstone is a poignant reminder of the human cost of war.
The Five Forks Battlefield Unit of Petersburg National Battlefield is where the last major battle of the Siege of Petersburg was fought.