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Near Petersburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Petersburg Breakthrough Battlefield

 
 
Petersburg Breakthrough Battlefield National Historic Landmark Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
1. Petersburg Breakthrough Battlefield National Historic Landmark Marker
The marker is located in Pamplin Historical Park, near the Breakthrough Trail.
Inscription.
Has been designated a
National Historic Landmark
This site possesses national significance
in commemorating the history of the
United States of America.

In the predawn darkness of April 2, 1865, the Union Sixth Corps
successfully breached the Confederate defenses southwest of Petersburg.
The breakthrough forced the Confederate evacuation of Petersburg
and Richmond, hastening an end to four years of civil war.

 
Erected 2006 by National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 37° 10.823′ N, 77° 28.513′ W. Marker is near Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is on Duncan Road (Virginia Route 670), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Breakthrough Trail (a few steps from this marker); The Confederate Fortifications (a few steps from this marker); McGowan’s South Carolina Brigade (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Winter Quarters
Site of the Petersburg Breakthrough image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
2. Site of the Petersburg Breakthrough
These earthworks mark the site where the Union 6th Corps. finally broke through the Confederate's Petersburg line. This breakthrough led to the evacuation of Petersburg and Richmond, and Lee's retreat toward Appomattox. The Breakthrough is located in Pamplin Historical Park.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Winter Huts (within shouting distance of this marker); “The Strongest Line of Works Ever Constructed” (within shouting distance of this marker); 1st Lieutenant Octavius Augustus Wiggins (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lieutenant Colonel George B. Damon (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
 
More about this marker. Marker is in Pamplin Historical Park, near the Breakthrough Trail.
 
Also see . . .
1. Pamplin Historical Park. (Submitted on March 15, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Petersburg Breakthrough Battlefield. National Landmark documentation. (Submitted on March 15, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Site of the breakthrough image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
3. Site of the breakthrough
Troops of the Union 6th Corps. charged across this field toward the Confederate fortifications. They broke through on the morning of April 2, 1865.
National Museum of the Civil War Soldier image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
4. National Museum of the Civil War Soldier
In addition to the site of the Petersburg Breakthrough, Pamplin Historical Park is home to the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 15, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,532 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 15, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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