Pamplin Historical Park - Tudor Hall Plantation
Petersburg National Battlefield
The massive crater at the Petersburg National Battlefield was made by an explosion from underneath Confederate entrenchments on July 30, 1864. Union troops built a tunnel, packed it with explosives and planned to blow up the Confederate line. The explosion resulted in the collapse of the tunnel and immediately killed 278 Confederate soldiers.
Pamplin Historical Park is recognized as the most innovative history park in the country. The award-winning National Museum of the Civil War Soldier tells the story of the three million common soldiers who fought in America's bloodiest conflict. The park also has four antebellum homes and living history areas that interpret plantation life and slavery in America.
The Siege of Petersburg was the longest military event of the Civil War. It lasted nine and a half months, incurred 70,000 casualties, saw the largest concentration of African American Troops fighting for the freedom of their race, and led to General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House.