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Petersburg National Battlefield Park

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Address: 1539 Hickory Hill Rd., Petersburg, VA 23803
Phone Number: 804-732-3531
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An easy DIY tour of an important historical site

Be sure to purchase the driving tour CD at the Eastern Front Visitor Center and you will get a detailed tour of the battlefield including The Crater. The tour can be extended to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Prince George, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Its a nicely kept battlefield area but the park service has little money to maintain and improve the museum and gift shop area. This was a very important place and central to any Civil War visit here. They have also taken all the Confederate flags out of the park which is outright censorship by the US government. Very sad indeed

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Be sure to purchase the driving tour CD at the Eastern Front Visitor Center and you will get a detailed tour of the battlefield including The Crater. The tour can be extended to the Western Front and to Hopewell (City Point) and Five Points. Plan to spend an entire day or two half days. Worth the time and purchase.

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Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Best earthworks (much better than Cold Harbor)! On Eastern Front driving tour, stop by stop #1 (Confederate Battery 5) located behind the visitor centor to see the "Dictator," a very large mortar ... it's about a 1/4-mile walk along a paved loop trail. And don't miss stop #3 (Conderate Battery 9) as it features examples of log cabins that were... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We stopped on the way to a convention on east coast. I've seen may civil war battlefields and this one is very nice. Be warned it is very spread out. There is a east and west park and driving tours for each. The round trip could easily take most of the day to see it all. We stopped at the... More 

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Augusta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Always been amazed at the story of the Crater battle and after seeing it depicted in the movie Cold Mountain I made it a point to visit this historic landmark. It is a place that I will always revere and remember. Sad that on the same day I was there the flag was removed from the SC statehouse grounds.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Plenty to see. You can walk, ride, run, ride a horse or drive. Plenty of trails. Nice displays to explain the history. Free for active duty....$5 dollars for everyone else.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

A very large battlefield- the museum has several cannons in the rear of the property and you can drive around large segments to find different forts and positions of the armies over the final 10 months of the war in 1864-65.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I've read numerous books on the battles in and around Petersburg. So I knew the history before going. This battlefield is a gem. To stand where The Battle of the Crater took place is very moving. I'm from Pennsylvania originally and have worked in Petersburg for the last 30 years. This area is loaded with history. Check out Olde Town... More 

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Plymouth, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

There is a lot to see and learn at this park. I would plan on spending at least a whole day here. There are many site spread out around town. The Ranger staff is excellent. They are extremely helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Petersburg National Battlefield Park is a great place to learn how Crater Road got its name. Hint: The Union dug a long mine shaft leading into the Confederate lines, whereby they blew a huge crater in Petersburg and attacked the Confederates. Grant knew it was going to fail, but figured it was a good way to keep his men occupied... More 

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Additional Information about Petersburg National Battlefield Park

Address: 1539 Hickory Hill Rd., Petersburg, VA 23803
Phone Number: 804-732-3531
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Petersburg
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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