The Siege of Petersburg: The Longest Military Event of the Civil War

Nine and a half months, 70,000 casualties, the suffering of civilians, U. S. Colored Troops fighting for freedom, and the decline of Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia all describe the Siege of Petersburg. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant cut off all of Petersburg's supply lines, ensuring the fall of Richmond on April 3, 1865. Six days later, Gen. Lee surrendered.

Two lines of soldiers in a group photo in a wooded area.
Folks to Know

During the Petersburg Campaign there were soldiers, support personnel, and civilians caught up in this event.

United States Colored Troops saw more action at Petersburg than any other campaign in the Civil War.
U.S. Colored Troops at Petersburg

Soldier stands guard at the City Point supply base which supported approximately 120,000 Union soldiers fighting in and around Petersburg.

The Siege of Petersburg was the longest military event in the Civil War
History and Culture

Throughout the 9.5 month siege of Petersburg, 70,000 soldiers became casualties in an event considered to be a precursor to World War I.

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Archeology at the Battlefield

Archeology ranges from searching for Civil War mines/tunnels to learning how people lived in this area during and before the Civil War.

Pyramid of cannonballs in front of a cannon tube in front of headstones.
Poplar Grove National Cemetery

Search the database of soldiers in the Poplar Grove National Cemetery.

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Schedule of events

Schedule of Ranger led programs and special events.

Plan your route of attack.
Directions to the Battlefield

There are four units to Petersburg National Battlefield. GPS Coordinates and physical addresses are just a click away.

Living history at Petersburg National Battlefield
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Last updated: June 11, 2023

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Petersburg National Battlefield Administration Office
1539 Hickory Hill Road

Petersburg, VA 23803


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