Petersburg Trip

Grant's Headquarters, City Point


A. Wilson Greena explains "The Dictator"

The National Park Service preserves and interprets the area of the Crater.  The tunnel entrance can be seen as well as depressions in the ground where the tunnel collapsed.  The Crater still exists, in smaller form.  It was once a sandtrap feature in a golf course.

Pamplin Park preserves the ground where Union forces broke through Confederate lines in April 1865, precipitating Lee's retreat.

At Five Forks a Union attack lead by Phillip Sheridan smashed a Confederate force under George Pickett.  This, and Grant's attack through what is now Pamplin Park, ended the siege of Petersburg.  The tour was led by A. Wilson Greene.


A.P. Hill was killed by Union troops that had broken through, and a desperate stand by a small number of Confederates at Fort Gregg to the west of Petersburg helped Lee save his army.

All photos are copyright 2012 by Clive Rice and members of the Roanoke Civil War Round Table

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