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TrailsCentral Virginia Civil War

South of the James River

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Information about Hopewell's Civil War sites is available at the Hopewell Visitor Center, Exit 9A from I-295. Detailed information about the City Point Unit of the Petersburg National Battlefield is available both at the Hopewell Visitor Center and at the Petersburg National Battlefield Visitor Center 3 miles west on Route 36. A "Lee vs. Grant, 1864 Overland Campaign" Civil War Trails interpretive sign describing the fighting at Baylor's Farm is located at the Hopewell Visitor Center. See also Overland Campaign tour.

HQCity Point
1001 Pecan Ave, Hopewell VA 23860
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   The national park at the confluence of the James and Appomattox rivers interprets the vast supply depot established here during the Union siege of Petersburg in 1864. A visitor center is located in Appomattox Manor. Grant's headquarters has been rebuilt on its original site. (He directed all U.S. armies from a small cabin.) Shop. Restrooms. Open daily 9 am-5 pm. 804-458-9504.

The City Point Open Air Museum Walking Tour features 25 points of interest in the National Historic District. A brochure is available at the Hopewell Visitor Center.

City Point Fortification
Trails sign at Appomattox and Wilson streets, Hopewell VA 23860
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    This earthen fort protected the great depot at City Point 1864–65. Civil War Trails interpretation.

Depot Field Hospital
Site currently occupied by John Randolph Medical Hospital on Route 10
    Huge and efficient hospital complex served the Union armed forces during the Petersburg and Appomattox campaigns. Civil War Trails interpretation.

Weston Manor
400 Weston Lane, Hopewell VA 23860
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   Civilian life is emphasized at this 1789 home above the Appomattox River. Guided tours. Restrooms. Open April 1–Oct. 31, Monday–Saturday 10 am–4:30 pm, Sunday 1–4:30 pm. $5 adults. Civil War Trails interpretation.

Prince George County

Beefsteak Cattle Raid, Civil War Trails sign at intersection of Routes 609 and 106 – Confederate cavalry successfully slid behind Union lines in September 1864 to capture 2,486 steers meant to feed Union troops engaged in the siege of Petersburg.

See the Overland Campaign for Flowerdew Hundred and Prince George Courthouse.

Colonial Heights, north of Petersburg

Violet Bank
326 Royal Oak Ave, Colonial Heights VA 23834
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    Early 19th-century Federal style building served as Robert E. Lee's headquarters from late June 1864 to September 1864. Trails sign. Open Tuesday–Saturday 10 am–5 pm, Sunday 1–6 pm. $1 donation suggested.

Fort Clifton
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    City park now encompasses the site of a Confederate fort on the Appomattox River. Forces there fended off various land and river attacks during May 1864. Nice place. Trails sign.

Dunlop Station
Trails sign located at St. Michael’s Church, 501 Old Town Drive, Colonial Heights VA 23834
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    This was the site of an important station on the Richmond and Petersburg Railroad. The station became even more important during the siege of Petersburg as a spoke line ran west from here to Ettrick to avoid Federal shelling. Passengers disembarked here to walk into Petersburg on the nearby road. Dunlop was the scene of chaos during the evacuation of Petersburg April 2, 1865, as stockpiled ammunition was blown up.

Trails sign located at 3236 Longhorn Drive, Colonial Heights VA 23834-1752
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    This home was in the middle of the action May 9–10, 1864, as Union Gen. Benjamin Butler’s troops advanced toward Swift Creek during the Bermuda Hundred Campaign. The Confederates held the line and the house was later the headquarters for Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard.