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“Lee's retreat” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Petersburg National Battlefield Park

Petersburg National Battlefield Park
1539 Hickory Hill Rd., Petersburg, VA 23803
804-732-3531
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Ranked #3 of 18 Attractions in Petersburg
Type: Battlefields, Outdoors
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Chicago, Illinois
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“Lee's retreat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

Lee's retreat began in Petersburg, Virginia, in April, 1865, after the Union Army broke through Confederate lines and ended the long siege of the city. It was the starting point of Lee's retreat as Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia attempted to break away. Lee's retreat is a 200-mile trip across Virginia, from Petersburg to Appomattox, where Lee finally surrendered to Grant. A thoroughly informative brochure and map can be obtained at the Petersburg visitors center or any battlefield site in the state. It follows the retreat of Lee's army, day by day, stop by stop, skirmish by skirmish. One of the highlights is the battle of Sailor's Creek. The climax, of course, is Appomattox Court House and the McLean house, where the surrender was signed. It is all as it was in 1865. If you are a history buff, you can't miss it.

Visited September 2011
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Richmond, Virginia
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“History can be interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

We came here after visiting Blanford Church and several museums in Petersburg so we were familiar with the basics of the battles that took place here. I recommend a written guide and frequent stops along the marked roadway to truly appreciate what occurred here. I'm originally from the North so I wasn't well versed in Civil War history. This visit to Petersburg and the Park have help remedy that some.

Visited May 2012
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Houston, Texas
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“Walking through history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

The Petersburg National battlefield was huge! I never expected it to be so physically demanding to tour the place. However, it was well worth it. The crater was fantastic, and the staff were very informative and friendly. A must see if you are in the Petersburg area.

Visited May 2012
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Colonial Heights, Virginia
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“History buff...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

If you're a history buff, especially the Civil War, this is one of the battlefields to see. Evidence of the crater blast is still present. Beautiful park to walk, bicycle or drive through.

Visited March 2012
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Buckhannon
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“Must see for the Civil War buff.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2012

This park is great. Very clean and well kept, $5 per car is a value. The staff is very knowledgable of the 9 month seige that took place here. The park is huge with many place to see and learn of the life of the soldiers on the seige lines.

Visited July 2012
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