ECW Weekender: Petersburg Breakthrough Anniversary Events at Pamplin Historical Park



An in-person, outdoor event! Can it be? Spring is here, and Pamplin Historical Park in Petersburg, Virginia, has announced two days of special events to commemorate the Petersburg Breakthrough anniversary and the event which happened 156 years ago.

On April 2, 2021, at 9:00 a.m. historians will lead a battlefield tour, following the route of the Army of the Potomac’s VI Corps assault which pierced the Confederate lines defended by Lane’s North Carolinians. The tour is included with regular paid admission, but advanced reservations and pre-payment are required. The tour is scheduled to last for 2 hours and will cover about 1.5 miles.

To make a reservation and payment for the April 2 battlefield tour, please call (804) 861-2408

On April 3, 2021, Pamplin Civil War Park is hosting a full schedule of events and programs throughout the day for museum visitors:

  • 10:30 – 11:00 am “Load in Nine Times” firing demonstration at the Museum
  • 11:15 – 11:45 am Infantry drill and firing demonstrations at the Fortification exhibit
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm The Breakthrough at the Hart Farm Walking Tour with Jerry Desmond
  • 1:15 – 1:45 pm “Defend the Works” combined arms demonstration at the Fortification Exhibit
  • 2:00 – 2:45 pm Civil War Music Selections by Tredegar Brass at Fortification exhibit
  • 3:00 – 3:30 pm Infantry drill and firing demonstrations at the Fortification exhibit

For both days of events and through all operations, Pamplin Civil War Park is following state health guidelines, frequently cleaning, and monitoring building occupancy. All staff members are wearing face coverings and guests are encouraged to do so and to follow social distancing guidelines.

For more information, please visit Pamplin Park’s event website: or email Tim Talbott, Director of Education, Interpretation, Visitors Services & Collections at

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