Petersburg National Battlefield Park Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"In many ways, the Union siege of Petersburg was the climactic battle of the American Civil War and the subsequent Confederate surrender merely the denouement. Today, more than 150,000 visitors tour Petersburg National Battlefield Park annually. However, many never set foot on the multiuse national recreation trail that rings the park. A mandatory visit for residents and tourists with even passing interest in U.S. history, the battlefield park doubles as an outdoor escape for locals.
Site of the longest siege in the annals of American warfare, Petersburg National Battlefield includes four Confederate forts northeast of the city. Here, on June 15, 1864, federal troops commanded by General Ulysses S. Grant began their onslaught against entrenched Confederates."