Petersburg National Battlefield


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Petersburg National Battlefield:

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Petersburg National Battlefield

Address:1539 Hickory Hill Rd
Petersburg, VA 23803

Phone:804-732-3531
Fax:804-732-0835
Web: www.nps.gov/pete/
Size: 2,659 acres (battlefield) and 8.7 acres (cemetery).
Established: Established as a national military park on July 3, 1926; redesignated a national battlefield on August 24, 1962.
Location:Visitor center of park's main unit is east of the City of Petersburg, Virginia, just off VA 36. The Five Forks Battlefield is 25 miles southwest of the visitor center at the intersection of VA 613 and 627. The City Point Unit is located in the City of Hopewell, accessible from the visitor center via VA 36 and 156 to VA 10.
Facilities:Picnic area, bicycle trail, visitor center (é), museum/exhibit, self-guided tour/trail. Entrance fee required.
Activities:Hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, auto tours, living history programs.
Special Features:The Union Army waged a ten-month campaign here in 1864-1865 to seize Petersburg, center of the railroads supplying Richmond and General Robert E. Lee's army. Park includes City Point in Hopewell, Virginia, where Ulysses S. Grant made his headquarters at Appomattox Manor for the final ten months of the war; and the Five Forks Battlefield, where the Confederate collapse led to the fall of the city and ultimately of Richmond. Poplar Grove (Petersburg) National Cemetery -- 6,315 interments; 4,110 unidentified -- is near the park.

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Every December for the last five years, a couple of amorous bald eagles have arrived in Petersburg National Battlefield in Virginia.
Though Petersburg National Battlefield was established to protect the remains of a nine-and-a-half-month siege in 1864 and 1865, its 2,700 acres of woods and meadows also offer critical wildlife habitat.
The Park Service is devising a general management plan for Petersburg National Battlefield in Virginia that could add more than 7,200 acres to the park--broadening the story told at the site and potentially boosting the economies of surrounding towns through increased tourism.
But only six of the 22 sites deemed nationally significant by Congress are partially or wholly protected within the boundaries of Petersburg National Battlefield. The National Park Service (NPS) is fearful that those areas will be lost to homes and industrial parks because of growing development pressure.
And in Virginia, two men sneak into Petersburg National Battlefield Park night after night, digging holes and taking away hundreds of Civil War artifacts from bullets to buttons.
Walker, 33, sneaked into Petersburg National Battlefield Park in Virginia at night and used metal detectors and tools to dig more than 240 holes; excavating more than 1,000 artifacts.
Management of these areas are of critical importance to managers because the Richmond and Petersburg National Battlefields contain over 150 km (93 mi) of military earthworks and fortifications (Michael Brennan, National Richmond Battlefield, personal communication).