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Richmond National Battlefield Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Union gun position at Malvern Hill
Union gun position at Malvern Hill
Map showing the location of Richmond National Battlefield Park
Location Richmond, Hanover County, Henrico County, Chesterfield County, Virginia, USA
Nearest city Richmond, Virginia
Coordinates 37°25′45″N 77°22′25″W / 37.42917°N 77.37361°W / 37.42917; -77.37361Coordinates: 37°25′45″N 77°22′25″W / 37.42917°N 77.37361°W / 37.42917; -77.37361
Area 7,307 acres (2,957 ha)
773.03 acres (312.83 ha) federal
Established March 2, 1936
Visitors 68,438 (in 2005)
Governing body National Park Service

Richmond National Battlefield Park commemorates more than 30 American Civil War sites around Richmond, Virginia, which served as the capital of the Confederate States of America for the majority of the war. The park is focused around the home front within the city, defensive fortifications surrounding the city, as well as a number military actions taken in an attempt to capture or defend the city, including the Seven Days Battles of 1862, battles of the Overland Campaign of 1864, and the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign of 1864-65. Its various sites are spread across Richmond, Hanover County, Henrico County, and Chesterfield County.

Administrative history[]

The national battlefield park was authorized on March 2, 1936. Today, over 68,000 people visit the park yearly. As with all historical areas administered by the National Park Service,[citation needed] it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966.

Park units[]

The park consists of 13 units/sites:[1][2][3] Within the city of Richmond, and with significance covering the span of the war, are:

  • Tredegar Iron Works, serving as the main visitors center and museum
  • Chimborazo Hospital, which was the Confederacy's largest wartime hospital camp,

Sites of battles and significance during the 1862 Peninsula Campaign and Seven Days Battles:

Sites relating to the Overland Campaign of 1864 include:

Sites relating to the Richmond-Petersburg Campaign of 1864-65 include:

See also[]

References[]

  • The National Parks: Index 2001-2003. Washington: U.S. Department of the Interior.

External links[]

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