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Petersburg National Battlefield Park

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If you are a history buff or a Civil War historian or just want to experience history...visit this... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Denton, Texas
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Petersburg Battlefield

Hot day but overall a great trip. Unfortunately the crater was so overgrown you couldn’t tell it... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ladysmith, Virginia
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

If you are a history buff or a Civil War historian or just want to experience history...visit this national park. The history is amazing and you get a real feel for what it was like for the Confederate defenders and Federal string troops. Plus, to...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank MarkMM55
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hot day but overall a great trip. Unfortunately the crater was so overgrown you couldn’t tell it was there but still very enjoyable for the whole family.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank tammyr991
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Try to stand by the Crater and not be moved by the death of so many young men in a very short period. Sobering. And then think that the war would be over in just a short while and the dying would end. This is...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Michael P
Reviewed February 6, 2019

Some of us know a bit about the siege of Petersburg including the famous Battle of the Crater. Fewer of us know anything beyond that. Petersburg endured the longest siege in American History and the PNB is that largest national battlefield in the country and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank davidhV7765VC
Reviewed December 8, 2018

This battle proved critical to the North being able to take Richmond. In previous battles, Grant was unable to take Richmond. Grant then decided to move south and lay siege to Petersburg. Grant was then able to cut off supply lines to Lees army. Over...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank hoef972
Reviewed December 3, 2018

It was still a short but informative visit with an excellent short film that explained the battle. We learned about the crater battle which was all new to us.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank cecilia
Reviewed November 4, 2018

There are sections of the park spread far apart as the battles rages 292 days. We visited the eastern front and Grant's Headquarters. At some point we would like to visit the western front and five forks. I do not think it is feasible to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Nancy D
Reviewed October 28, 2018

I didn’t expect a whole lot when I went to the little visitor’s center but got educated very quickly. The Ranger was an excellent teacher and guide. He related the history so well and then the movie, 18 minutes I believe, is something you will...More

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Flyfreemark
Reviewed October 19, 2018

The museum and the movie were good. The driving tour was okay. There were a lot of earth works and of course the crater is here.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Bobbie201
Reviewed October 6, 2018

Well done and well taken care of NPS sites. We started at City Park, Grant's HQ, then went through the park. Dictator at Battery 5, then the crater...

Date of experience: October 2018
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April 22, 2018|
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Response from robertsF9593OA | Reviewed this property |
You should give yourself at least 4 to 5 hours to be able to get a good view through the park. I would try to be out of the park by 5 pm.
Margaret C
December 18, 2016|
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Response from Eric L | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure, however , I was there a couple of weeks ago and we virtually had the place to ourselves on a Sunday. Apparently this is their off season. No actors but plenty to do. There was also scheduled tours. Had we opted... More
Arnold P
April 16, 2016|
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Response from TranzorZ1985 | Reviewed this property |
Go to the petersburg battlefield national park service online site.