Breakthrough Battle Anniversary


  • March 30, 2019 | 9:00 am
  • March 31, 2019 | 9:00 pm

Join us as we remember the 154th Anniversary of the Breakthrough Battle, which ended the 292-day Petersburg Campaign and forced the Confederate withdrawal from Petersburg and Richmond. A mere seven days later the surrender took place at Appomattox.

This weekend the Park will host a full schedule of activities and programs for walk-in visitors each day. Visitors will have the opportunity to drill with the troops, watch battle demonstrations, discover what Civil War surgery was like, learn about etiquette and period clothing and listen to period music and more.

The Breakthrough Battlefield site is preserved today along with two miles of original Confederate earthworks where visitors can explore the action on April 2, 1865 when 14,000 men of the U.S. Sixth Corps broke through the lightly defended Confederate lines led by Medal of Honor recipient Captain Charles G. Gould of the 5th Vermont Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

All programs and activities are included with Park admission. Call (804) 861-2408 for more information.