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Civil War Site Petersburg National Battlefield

Petersburg National Battlefield preserves and interprets a vast system of Union and Confederate earthworks, battle sites, and historic buildings related to the Civil War and the siege of Petersburg. Because the siege of Petersburg took almost ten months from June 1864 to April 1865, the Confederate and Union armies each constructed a huge system of fortifications. Near-constant Federal attacks pushed the lines south and west of Petersburg until at last the Union attacks of April 1–2, 1865, broke through and compelled the Confederates to evacuate. The National Park Service tells the story of the people and places where the action happened.