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Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park
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Nice Museum

One of the smaller battlefields but significant in the war. The museum was one of the better ones... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Quick stop

We stopped here quick to stretch our legs and give the young kiddos a break. Unfortunately the... read more

Reviewed July 15, 2018
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Reviewed May 28, 2018

I enjoyed traipsing through the house, visitor's center, and the graveyard. It stops you and makes you think about how people lived and died back in those days. Very interesting history.

Thank Ncc17lu
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Reviewed May 16, 2018

Excellent easy walk through history. The battlefield tells the story of this important event in American history without commentary and judgment.

Thank jsn1312018
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Reviewed May 15, 2018 via mobile

One of the great rangers at Appomattox suggested we visit Sailor’s Creek since it was on our way to Richmond. We’re so glad we followed her suggestion and learned about this previously unknown to us piece of Civil War history. The museum helps untangle the sometimes confusing threads of what occurred here. Ranger Wilcox was friendly and super knowledgeable and gave us great tips for getting the most out of the driving tour.

Thank always_ambulatory
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

If you are interested in Civil War history, this is a must see. A really wonderful little Civil War museum Much history in the area and the staff who work there make the history come alive. A big thanks to Staff member Jim for his insight and amazing knowledge of the Civil War history of the area. We had an ancestor who was in the Massachusetts 4th Calvary, and fought in the area (his picture is in the museum), and Jim knew the history of the unit in the area and helped us understand what my husband's gr grandfather must have endured during the war. We also got a wonderful tour of the Hillsman House... and a true feeling of what both sides of the war endured. Great visit!

Thank mollysnene
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Reviewed December 12, 2017

Sailor's Creek would be Gen. Lee's last major battle before his surrender at Appomattox. The battle was three separate actions during April 6. After the union breakthrough at Petersburg Ge. Lee tried to combine his forces & head to Dansville, Va. to join forces with Gen. James Longstreet in northern North Carolina. However confederate forces were short of just about every thing, especially food. Either the food stores were not where Ge. Lee expected or union forces forced Ge. Lee into another direction. These three battles cost Gen. Lee 1/3 of his force of 32.000.

The visitor center's museum has a very detailed timeline of the battle. Photos, words, drawings sketches. One hallway has three paintings. The center's ranger & other staff member were very helpful for the battlefield tour which can be walking or a driven tour. Each visitor will be given map for both tours. I picked the driving tour.

The driving tour has five stops.
STOP 1. One info stand. Confederate overlook & two benches.
STOP 2. The Hillsman House. Five picnic tables. & grill. A post sign. Words by Lt. G. Park-2nd Rhode Island.
STOP 3. Holt's Corner. A W.R. Turner Memorial. Info stand about Gen. Lee's Army divided.
STOP 4. Lockett House. Info stand about the Lockett House. The House spot will come up unexpected on the left on a curve, with the stop on the right.
STOP 5. Double Bridge. This where wagon trains were bogged & captured. One old 1861 bridge. An info stand. A Gen. Lee's Retreat sign post.
Each stop has a pullover with stops 1 & 2 having the largest amount of parking space.

On the driving tour all turns are to the left. There are no facilities on the driving tour, use the center's before either tour. My total time spent was three hours between the visitor center, driving tour & talks with the staff. The battlefield drive tour is clear of cannons, possibly the walking tour may a cannon or two. There one memorial. The roadway is narrow two way drive, speed limit 55, I kept my speed to 40-45.

The visitor center located in the country on a back road. Although this is no Gettysburg, visitor center & battlefield is still civil war history. The museum is worth by it self. I do believe I was the only visitor during my visit. In front of the center are 20 parking spaces-10 asphalt & 10 grass. gravel-including 2 handicapped spaces. Also a bicycle stand & 4 picnic tables.

A visit is recommended.

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