A Day In The Life
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A Day In The Life

They were more than statistics and more than history’s footnotes. The soldiers of the Civil War were men and boys called to duty, leaving lives of comfort to face hardships they could never have imagined. On this one-day adventure, you’ll track the story of a soldier through his writings as you walk through displays of weapons, relics, uniforms, gear and surroundings.

The story comes alive.

A National Historic Landmark, Pamplin Historical Park is recognized as one of America’s premier historical attractions and as the most innovative Civil War history park in the country. Located on the site of the April 2, 1865 “Breakthrough,” the battle that ended the Petersburg Campaign and led to the evacuation of the Confederate capital at Richmond, the Park’s 422 acres include four award-winning museums, four antebellum homes, living history venues, and The Civil War Store.

The award-winning National Museum of the Civil War Soldier forms the Park’s centerpiece. Here, the story of the 3 million common soldiers who fought in America’s bloodiest conflict is told in breathtaking fashion using the latest museum technology. An impressive artifact collection is set amidst lifelike settings. Interactive learning stations attract kids and grownups alike. The entire experience is keyed to an audio tour featuring the words and “voices” of real participants in the war. Museums interpreting plantation life, slavery in America, and the “Breakthrough” battlefield of April 2, 1865 are within a short walk of the National Museum.

Earthworks and a plantation home.

The Park also offers three miles of interpreted trails winding through some of America’s best-preserved Civil War fortifications. A free audio guide allows visitors to customize their own tours of Tudor Hall Plantation and the Breakthrough Battlefield.

Vending machines offering cold drinks and snacks are available at the Battlefield Center and Civil War Store. Picnic facilities for Park visitors are available near the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier.

Pamplin Historical Park and National Museum of the Civil War Soldier in Petersburg, VAPamplin Historical Park

Home of the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, with exhibits, artifacts and interpretive displays on daily life both on the battlefield and homefront.

Re-enactors firing in Petersburg, VAPetersburg

As the lifeline to Richmond during the Civil War, Petersburg was the site of a 292-day siege towards the end of the war.