Encampment Loop

Petersburg, Virginia

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This hike circuits the Poor Creek drainage of Petersburg National Battlefield. Leave the site of Fort Haskell and travel through bottoms, hills, and by the old Taylor Farm, all playing roles in the Union siege of Petersburg. Along the way, look for earthworks dug by soldiers during the ten-month blockade, the longest in American history. The ten-month siege of Petersburg was one of mostly boredom for the soldiers of the Confederacy and the Union, but it was interspersed with battles. One such encounter was the Battle of Fort Stedman on March 25, 1865. General Lee determined to pierce Union lines, take Grant’s military railroad, then concentrate his troops to fight Grant more effectively. The Rebels blasted through the Yankee lines but weren’t able to hold their position and were pushed back.

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"This hike circuits the Poor Creek drainage of Petersburg National Battlefield. Leave the site of Fort Haskell and travel through bottoms, hills, and by the old Taylor Farm, all playing roles in the Union siege of Petersburg. Along the way, look for earthworks dug by soldiers during the ten-month blockade, the longest in American history.

The ten-month siege of Petersburg was one of mostly boredom for the soldiers of the Confederacy and the Union, but it was interspersed with battles. One such encounter was the Battle of Fort Stedman on March 25, 1865. General Lee determined to pierce Union lines, take Grant’s military railroad, then concentrate his troops to fight Grant more effectively. The Rebels blasted through the Yankee lines but weren’t able to hold their position and were pushed back."

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Petersburg
Distance: 2.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Petersburg National Battlefield
Local Maps: USGS Prince George
Driving Directions: Directions to Encampment Loop

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May 2018