Petersburg National Battlefield
is a National Park Service
unit preserving sites related to the American Civil War Siege of Petersburg
. The Battlefield is centered around Petersburg, Virginia
, and also includes outlying components in Hopewell
, Prince George County
, and Dinwiddie County
Petersburg National Battlefield is composed of three major units and an additional managed component.
Eastern Front Visitor Center and Park Tour Road
Located off Virginia Route 36
east of Petersburg
, the Eastern Front Visitor Center is the main visitor contact station for the Battlefield. Here, visitors can view exhibits and movies about the Siege of Petersburg
as well as view Battery #5, an important early site in the Siege. The park entrance fee is also collected on the Eastern Front Visitor Center access road.
After leaving the Visitor Center, one can begin their park tour. A motor tour route runs from Virginia Route 36 to US Route 301. Along the way, visitors can view sites such as Fort Stedman and The Crater.
Five Forks Battlefield
Located in Dinwiddie County
about southwest of downtown Petersburg, this unit contains the site of the Battle of Five Forks
, which destroyed a sizable portion of the remaining Confederate Army of Northern Virginia
. Sometimes called the "Waterloo
of the Confederacy
," Five Forks helped set in motion a series of events that led to Robert E. Lee
's subsequent surrender at Appomattox Court House
City Point Unit
Sited next to the James River in Hopewell, City Point served as a major command and logistics hub for the Union Army during the Siege of Petersburg.
Poplar Grove National Cemetery
The Poplar Grove National Cemetery
, while technically a separate unit, is administered by Petersburg National Battlefield.