Petersburg National Battlefield

  • Address: 5001 Siege Rd
  • Vicinity: Oaklawn Blvd, also SE, S and SW of Petersburg
  • Neighborhood of Blandford in Petersburg
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Historic District

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

Nine and a half months, 70000 casualties, the suffering of civilians, thousands of U. S. Colored Troops fighting for the freedom of their race, and the decline of Gen Robert E Lee's Army of No. Virginia all describe the Siege of Petersburg. It was here Gen Ulysses S Grant cut off all of Petersburg's supply lines ensuring the fall of Richmond on April 3, 1865. Six days later, Lee surrendered. - NPS



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1864/00/00 Ulysses S Grant Union General Siege of Petersburg
1864/00/00 Robert E Lee Confederate Commander Siege of Petersburg
1864/06/18 Col Daniel Chaplin orders the 1st Maine Heavy Artillery Regiment to charge across an open field toward Confederate breastworks resulting in a lost of 632 out of 900 men, the deadliest single-battle loss of any regiment during the entire Civil War. Siege of Petersburg
1864/07/30 Mark Fernald Wentworth Union Colonel After the 32nd Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment advances through the crater and penetrates rebel lines, Col Wentworth is seriously wounded during a fierce shower of bursting shells at Battle of the Crater. Siege of Petersburg
1864/12/02 Archibald Gracie III Died As Confederate States Army General Archibald Gracie looks out at the Union lines through his telescope at Petersburg, Virginia, an exploding artillery shell kills him instantly. Siege of Petersburg
1865/04/03 City of Petersburg surrenders Siege of Petersburg


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Particulars for Petersburg National Battlefield:
Historic Use Battle site
Historic Use Cemetery
Criteria Consideration Commemorative property
Owner Federal
Sight Category Historic District
Criteria Historic Event
Area of Significance Military
Level of Significance National

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration:

Registry Name:
Registry Address:
Registry Number: 66000831
Resource Type:
Owner: Federal
Architect: unknown
Architectural Style: No style listed
Nominator Name: National Battlefield
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Military
Applicable Criteria: Event
Criteria Consideration: Cemetery, Commemorative property
Period of Significance: 1850-1874
Significant Year: 1864, 1865
Historic Function: Defense, Funerary
Historic Sub-Function: Cemetery, Battle site
Current Function: Recreation and Culture, Landscape
Current Sub-Function: Museum Park Monument, Marker

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