Petersburg Breakthrough Battlefield

Jct. of Duncan and Boydon Plank Rds., Petersburg, Virginia


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This surviving battlefield landscape (including the Union staging area, attack corridors, and Confederate earthworks) represents a key historic resource associated with the end of the Civil War. For nearly nine months of stalemate, heavily built-up Confederate earthworks south of Petersburg kept General Grant's Union forces from capturing the Confederate Capital at Richmond. On April 2, 1865, Union forces launched a pre-dawn assault on this portion of the Confederate line and broke through those earthworks. Having lost control of the last transportation routes supplying Petersburg, and ultimately Richmond, General Lee was forced to order the evacuation of both cities that evening, initiating a series of events that led to his surrender one week later at Appomattox Court House. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, February 17, 2006

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 17, 2006
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Contributing buildings: 1
Contributing sites: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 30
Non-contributing structures: 5

Update Log 

  • December 12, 2016: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "GPS Coordinates" and "Street Views"