Petersburg National Battlefield Eastern Front Visitor Center credits NPS Thousands of people gather information about the park, view the parks video, and conduct research on Civil War ancestors from this visitor center.
Petersburg National Battlefield Artillery Demonstration credits NPS Photo Thousands of visitors learn the steps involved in firing off a Civil War cannon by members of the Pegrams Battery Reenactment Unit.
Nine and a half months, 70,000 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.
Petersburg National Battlefield is located near Chester, Chesterfield and Colonial Heights
The Eastern Front (Main) Visitor Center is located approximately 2.5 miles east of Rt. 95 off of Route 36 in Petersburg. If travelling north on Rt. 95, take exit 50D and follow signs to Wythe Street. Once on Wythe Street, travel 2.5 miles east to entrance of Battlefield. If travelling south on Rt. 95, take Exit 52 (Wythe Street). Again, travel about 2.5 miles to entrance.