Petersburg National Battlefield posted advanced notice about their schedule of sesquicentennial events this year. Some of those listed are:
June 14 -15, 2014 – 150th Anniversary: Opening Assaults Weekend. Living history programs, ranger guided walks, artillery demonstrations and a bus tour all covering the stories of the opening actions of the Siege of Petersburg.
July 30, 2014 – 150th Anniversary: Battle of the Crater. A commemorative program will take place at the time of the explosion, a keynote address will be given at mid-day, and ranger tours will be provided in the morning and afternoon.
August 1, 2014 – 150th Anniversary: Battle of the Crater – Panel Presentations.
- Morning Panel Discussion – Gillfield Baptist Church, 209 Perry Street, Petersburg 10 – 12 pm.
- Afternoon Panel Discussion – St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 10 Union Street, Petersburg 1 – 3 pm
In the morning and afternoon two panel discussions, with three speakers each and a Q&A session, will be held in downtown Petersburg. One will address the battle and the other impacts of the siege on those living in the city.
August 2, 2014 – 150th Anniversary: Battle of the Crater – Living History Program. Living history programs on the battle, the soldiers and their weapons, and field medicine throughout the day. Watch Union & Confederate artillery in action and “meet” Generals Grant & Lee to hear their thoughts on this battle. The Virginia Civil War History mobile will be on hand and family activities will be available.
August 9-10, 2014 – 150th Anniversary: Grant’s Headquarter’s City Point, VA. Ranger programs and living history events will bring to life and explore the role of this village as it was transformed into one of the world’s busiest ports and one of the largest field supply bases of the Civil War.
August 23-24, 2014 – 150th Anniversary: Battles of Weldon Railroad & Reams Station. Rangers and living historians at stops along these two battlefields will provide insight to Gen. Grant’s Fourth Offensive of the siege and the impact it had on the struggle over Petersburg’s fate.
September 27-28, 2014 – 150th Anniversary: Battle of Peeble’s Farm. Rangers and living historians at stops along this battlefield will present tours and demonstrations on the Grant’s Fifth offensive of the siege. Gen. Lee thwarts this effort at great cost to his hold on Petersburg and Richmond.
Look for more details (and maybe some additions) as we proceed into the “campaign” season. There’s no shortage of topics to consider on the Petersburg Campaign.