Grant's 5th Offensive Battlefield Tour

6125 Boyton Plank Road
Petersburg, Virginia 23803

10/20/2017 - 10/20/2017

Join Park Historians Tim Talbott and Gary Helm as they hit the road for a one-day tour. The walking/driving tour is of the wartime fortifications southeast of Richmond and actions north of the James River.

Combined with other maneuvers southwest of Petersburg, the Fifth Offensive fighting north of the James River developed along a series of fortifications constructed to protect the capital city. The first stop will be the New Market Heights (also known as Chaffin’s Farm) battlefield, where on September 29, General David Birney’s Union forces, which included several USCT (African-American) regiments, which achieved an initially successful penetration of Lee’s defenses. Fourteen African-American soldiers were bestowed the Medal of Honor for their heroic actions at New Market Heights.

The next stop is Fort Harrison and like neighboring New Market Heights, Union forces captured Fort Harrison on September 29. However, the Confederates held their ground further north, which kept the lost terrain to a minimum. This will be a moderately rigorous trek appealing to nature lovers, with some “field walking” as well as both primitive and developed hiking trails.

A picnic lunch is included with the registration fee.

Registrations are required and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.



Grant's 5th Offensive Battlefield Tour

(804) 861-2408

Hours of Operation:
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM