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Richmond, Fredericksburg and the Northern Neck Sights

Petersburg National Battlefield

  • Military Site

Fodor's Review

To walk Petersburg National Battlefield is to be where more than 60,000 Union and Confederate soldiers died during the siege of the city. A pronounced depression in the ground is the eroded remnant of the Crater, the result of a 4-ton gunpowder explosion set off by Union forces in one failed attack. The 1,500-acre park is laced with several miles of earthworks and includes two forts. In the visitor center, maps and models convey background information vital to the self-guided

driving tour, during which you park at specified spots on the tour road and proceed on foot to nearby points of interest.

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Sight Information


Rte. 36, 2.5 mi east of downtown, Petersburg, Virginia, 23803, United States




Sight Details:

  • $5 per car, $3 per cyclist or pedestrian
  • Daily 9–5.


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