Located twenty-five miles south of Richmond in Petersburg, Virginia, the battlefield contains 2,460 acres and is made up of six major units. These units contain battlefields, earthen forts, trenches and
Poplar Grove National
Cemetery. Collectively, they reveal the story of the longest siege in American warfare and the experiences of the nearly 150,000 soldiers from both sides of the trenches.
Petersburg, Virginia, became the setting for the longest siege in American history when General Ulysses S. Grant failed to capture Richmond in the spring of 1864. Grant settled in to subdue the Confederacy by surrounding Petersburg and cutting off General Robert E. Lee's supply lines into Petersburg and Richmond. On April 2, 1865, nine-and-one-half months after the siege began, Lee evacuated Petersburg.
Vehicle - $5 for 7 days
Individual - $3 for 7 days
Petersburg National Battlefield Annual Pass - $ 15
To get to the Eastern Front's visitor center from I-95 & I-85: Take the Wythe Street (Rt. 36 east) exit. Turn onto this one-way road and follow it 2.5 miles to the park entrance on the right. From 295: Take exit 9B onto Rt. 36 west to park entrance on the right just past Fort Lee.