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Petersburg National Battlefield Park

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Overwhelming and Under Rated.

Some of us know a bit about the siege of Petersburg including the famous Battle of the Crater... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
davidhV7765VC
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Raleigh, North Carolina
The Key To Richmond

This battle proved critical to the North being able to take Richmond. In previous battles, Grant... read more

Reviewed December 8, 2018
hoef972
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Manhattan, Kansas
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Some of us know a bit about the siege of Petersburg including the famous Battle of the Crater. Fewer of us know anything beyond that. Petersburg endured the longest siege in American History and the PNB is that largest national battlefield in the country and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed December 8, 2018

This battle proved critical to the North being able to take Richmond. In previous battles, Grant was unable to take Richmond. Grant then decided to move south and lay siege to Petersburg. Grant was then able to cut off supply lines to Lees army. Over...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed December 3, 2018

It was still a short but informative visit with an excellent short film that explained the battle. We learned about the crater battle which was all new to us.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank cecilia
Reviewed November 4, 2018

There are sections of the park spread far apart as the battles rages 292 days. We visited the eastern front and Grant's Headquarters. At some point we would like to visit the western front and five forks. I do not think it is feasible to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Nancy D
Reviewed October 28, 2018

I didn’t expect a whole lot when I went to the little visitor’s center but got educated very quickly. The Ranger was an excellent teacher and guide. He related the history so well and then the movie, 18 minutes I believe, is something you will...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 19, 2018

The museum and the movie were good. The driving tour was okay. There were a lot of earth works and of course the crater is here.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Bobbie201
Reviewed October 6, 2018

Well done and well taken care of NPS sites. We started at City Park, Grant's HQ, then went through the park. Dictator at Battery 5, then the crater...

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Pat L
Reviewed October 2, 2018

So I've lived here for a while and can get complacent with the numerous Civil War Battlefields. Not this one. I could walk the trails daily and never get tired of the "Crater" Its worth a trip just to see the Dictator. Museum staff are...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 28, 2018 via mobile

Staying in Richmond, Virginia, it was a short ride to Petersburg. We stopped at the Visitor’s Center and watched an excellent movie about 25 minutes long showing the history of this battle. Luckily after the movie, there was a tour scheduled. (There are about 3...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

The museum is a must see and I highly recommend watching the movie as it explains the siege of Petersburg very well. The ranger is very informative and there’s plenty of parking. Plan to stroll outside to check out the Dictator and embattlements. Drive through...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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AdrienneM61
April 22, 2018|
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Response from robertsF9593OA | Reviewed this property |
You should give yourself at least 4 to 5 hours to be able to get a good view through the park. I would try to be out of the park by 5 pm.
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Margaret C
December 18, 2016|
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Response from Eric L | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure, however , I was there a couple of weeks ago and we virtually had the place to ourselves on a Sunday. Apparently this is their off season. No actors but plenty to do. There was also scheduled tours. Had we opted... More
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Arnold P
April 16, 2016|
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Response from TranzorZ1985 | Reviewed this property |
Go to the petersburg battlefield national park service online site.
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cav1865
Montana
The Road of Lee's Retreat (3 Replies)
I am a student of the American Civil War. This autumn after Labor Day I want to drive and photograph the road/route of “Lee’s Retreat” beginning at Petersburg National Battlefield Park and then on to Appomattox. From Appomattox I plan to drive to Charlottesville and tour Monticello. I have never driven this route. I am not pressed for time and I have about three or four days to spend if needed. In my experience travel times are subjective depending on how much time a person wants to spend at...More
April 12, 2008|