Petersburg National Battlefield
Almost one-fourth of the entire Civil War was fought around the city of Petersburg. The Union Army knew that capturing the Confederate capital of Richmond would hasten the end of the War. Unable to attack Richmond directly, the Union decided to move south and focus on Petersburg, an important transportation and supply hub for the capital. Both armies knew that if Petersburg fell, Richmond would soon follow, and the Union set in on a 292-day siege of Petersburg that resulted in 70,000 casualties and many civilians being driven from their homes. Seven days after the siege ended with the fall of Petersburg, the Confederacy surrendered.
H.R. 2634, introduced by U.S. Representatives Randy Forbes (VA-4) and Bobby Scott (VA03) in July 2013, will provide the National Park Service with authority to add more than 7,000 acres to the park’s boundary. This legislation will enable future protection of the site of the longest and most significant siege in American history.
For more information about the National Parks Conservation Association’s advocacy to protect these and other Civil War sites, please contact:
- Pamela Goddard, Chesapeake and Virginia Program Manager, 202.604.3781, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Alan Spears, Legislative Representative, 202.454.3384, or email: email@example.com