PETERSBURG, Va – On Saturday, February 1, a ranger program will focus on the participation of the United States Colored Troops in the Siege of Petersburg. The event occurs from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm at stop 3 of the Eastern Front Unit tour road. Visitors can learn about how these soldiers experienced life in the trenches and witness musket firings and cooking demonstrations.
About Black Soldiers at Petersburg
The United States Colored Troops (USCTs) saw more action in the Siege of Petersburg than any other campaign of the Civil War. The USCTs were instrumental in their involvement of taking over Confederate gun batteries 6-11 of the Petersburg defense line in mid-June, 1864 and, again, played a significant role in the famous Battle of the Crater on July 30, 1864.
If You Go
The Eastern Front Unit of Petersburg National Battlefield is the location where Union troops made their first major attacks on the City of Petersburg in mid-June, 1864. Today, visitors can learn more about the history of the site by touring the museum, viewing the 17 minute video, or travelling the Unit’s four mile, 8 stop tour road. There are also ten miles of nature trails suitable for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. The Eastern Front Unit of Petersburg National Battlefield is located at 5001 Siege Road in Petersburg. For more information or to register your team, please call 732-3531, ext. 200.
Petersburg National Battlefield was created in order to commemorate the campaign and siege and defense of Petersburg, Virginia, in 1864 and 1865. The park staff is committed to preserving and protecting the historical, cultural, and natural resources within the park in a manner that will provide interpretation, education, and enjoyment for the visitors. Park Visitor Centers, located in Petersburg, Hopewell, and Dinwiddie County are each open from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The fee to enter the park is $5 per vehicle, however the Petersburg National Battlefield annual pass and federal recreation passes are also honored. For more information about events at Petersburg National Battlefield, you can become a fan on our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter @PetersburgNPS.