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Learn about the 1781 Battle of Blandford before the Living History weekend in Petersburg!! Chris Castle, Park Ranger with Petersburg National Battlefield will be the speaker in this lecture series. More Info: (804)[masked] X1008 www.arls.org
Petersburg National Battlefield
LIVING HISTORY! Petersburg National Battlefield Park, Eastern Visitors Center, Petersburg, Virginia, April 27th - 28th. The 7th Virginia will portray Virginia Militia engaging British troops that are attacking the Richmond area. The Battle of Petersburg is a smaller battle which prevented a second taking of the city of Richmond(which General Benedict Arnold burned earlier in the year). This two day event is scheduled to have a battles in the morning and afternoon on Saturday and a Battle on Sunday Firing demonstrations and presentations on soldier like will highlight this program focusing on the British invasion of Petersburg in April, 1781. Details: https://www.petersburgva.gov/483/Battle-of-Petersburg Battle of Petersburg After a successful invasion from Portsmouth, Virginia up the James River in April 1781, the British army, under the command of Major General William Phillips, landed at City Point (now Hopewell) on 24th of that month. The Virginia militia, commanded by Brigadier General Peter Muhlenberg, which had been containing the British force at Portsmouth, had paralleled the British movement by marching along the south side of the river toward Petersburg. British Landing at City Point On the day of the British landing at City Point, the American militia entered Petersburg, coming under the overall command of Major General Frederick Willhelm von Steuben. Von Steuben was certain that Phillips was planning to march overland to attack Petersburg and the following morning set the American lines to receive the British onslaught. Having no misconceptions about stopping the British, von Steuben's plan was to put up the heaviest resistance he could and then retreat northward into Chesterfield County, saving his army to fight another day.. First Attack Shortly after noon on the 25th, Phillips' army arrived east of Blandford, a small community now part of Petersburg, and launched his first attack. The Virginia militia put up a strong resistance and, after three hours fighting and repulsing several British assaults, Von Steuben ordered a general retreat across the Pocahontas Bridge, on to the Heights (now Colonial Heights), and into Chesterfield County. His hope was to regroup his army and eventually join the American Regulars under Major General Marquis de Lafayette near Richmond. Virginia Militia Notably, the Virginia militia put up a heroic fight at Petersburg. Outnumbered by the British army of 2,500 to the militia strength of barely over 1,000 men, the Virginians denied the king's soldiers the opportunity of capturing the city without fighting for it. Most history books list the action at Petersburg as a minor battle or skirmish. However, the stand of the Americans against such an overwhelming force was a full-scale battle by any Revolutionary War standards. The battle actually bought a full day's time for Lafayette to entrench his army on the heights of Richmond, and ultimately prevented a second sacking of Richmond, as was seen in the previous January, when British Brigadier Benedict Arnold assaulted and burned much of that city
Visit Revolutionary War re-enactors in their American and British encampments as they re-create the 1781 Battle at Osborne’s Landing where Major General William Phillips ordered British forces, including Benedict Arnold, to attack the supplies of the Virginia State Navy and Virginia Militia. During this attack, most of the Virginia State Navy fleet was destroyed. Visitors will experience militia drills and artillery demos. Come see the sights and sounds of the American Revolution in Virginia! Cost: $9/adults, $7/children aged 3-12; Henricus Patrons: Free
• What we'll do Take a guided tour and learn more about one of the first commercial coal mine operations in North America. Learn about one of the earliest railroads, the need for transportation improvements, the impact that coal mining had on the region in the 1700s and 1800s and the concept of deep mining that was used. View the remains of the Grove Shaft and a reproduction of a headstock that once existed at the site. Tour meets at amphitheater parking lot. Mid-Lothian Mines Park, 13286 North Woolridge Road April 28, 10-11 a.m. Course 35040. • What to bring Bottled Water, COMFORTABLE SHOES, and layered clothing for the weather. • Important to know Tour meets at the Amphitheater Parking Lot! For more information or details, call Bryan Truzzie at[masked]. To register call[masked] and request the specific Course number - 35040. Registration and payment is required for all programs in advance. $8 per person. You may also be able to register at www.chesterfieldhistory.com.