independent city in Virginia, United States

Petersburg is a city in Central Virginia.

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Historic city market in Petersburg

Just outside of Richmond, this town was a crucial rail hub during the American Civil War and holding Petersburg meant easy access to the Confederate capital at Richmond. After Union General Grant couldn't outflank Confederate General Lee during the Overland Campaign in the summer of 1864 Lee dug in here in trench warfare reminiscent of World War I until his lines were stretched too thin and he abandoned his positions to try to get away from Grant, only to be caught at Appomattox, leading to the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia, the Confederacy's main field army.

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  • 1 Petersburg Station.    

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  • Petersburg public transit operates a bus to/from Richmond.

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Map of Petersburg (Virginia)

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  • Pamplin Park & The National Museum of the Civil War Soldier,, 6125 Boydton Plank Rd, toll-free: +1-877-726-7546. On the outskirts of Petersburg in Dinwiddie County, this park and museum are must-see attractions for anyone interested in the Civil War. The park presents the "Breakthrough" battle in April 1865 that led to the fall of Petersburg and the surrender at Appomattox Court House. Use of interactive technology and first-rate presentation make the park and museum engaging and enjoyable by all ages. The walking trails include views of well-preserved fortifications and the park includes agricultural exhibits that are accurate to the period. Plan a full day if you want to take it all in. A more complete experience is available through a Civil War camp that is offered by the park.    
  • 1 Petersburg National Battlefield. The park commemorates the nine and one-half month siege of this city from June 1864 - April 1865. A driving tour of the battlefields outlined on the park map includes 13 separate sites with three visitor centers along a 33 mile route.    

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Downtown Petersburg

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Routes through Petersburg
Washington, D.C.Richmond  N    S  Rocky MountFayetteville
Washington, D.C.Richmond  N   S  Rocky MountRaleigh
END  N   S  HendersonDurham
Washington, D.C.Richmond  N   S  Roanoke RapidsFayetteville
Washington, D.C.Richmond  N   S  HendersonRaleigh
LynchburgCrewe  W   E  SuffolkNorfolk

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