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Revolutionary War Site Battersea

Built in 1768 on the banks of the Appomattox River for Colonel John Banister, Petersburg's first mayor, Revolutionary War Patriot and framer of the Articles of Confederation, Battersea is an important colonial urban villa. It is built in the neo-Palladian style that was popularized in England in the eighteenth century and embraced in Colonial Virginia, and features a spectacular Chinese Chippendale staircase. Each year on the third weekend in April, Battersea is the setting of a commemorative reenactment of the Battle of Petersburg fought on April 25, 1781.