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Richmond National Battlefield Park

Richmond National Battlefield Park
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
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
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
Area 771.4 acres (312.2 ha)
NRHP Reference #


VLR # 043-0033
Significant dates
Added to NRHP October 15, 1966
Designated VLR January 16, 1973[2]

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 1
  • Park units 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

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, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966.

Park units

The Pattern Building at Tredegar Iron Works, now used as the main visitors' center for Richmond National Battlefield Park

The park consists of 13 unitss:[3][4][5]

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 known as Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works
  • 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


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved 5 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ceremony Marking Transfer of Historic Rural Plains to the National Park Service". National Park Service. July 24, 2006. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Address List". National Park Service. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  5. ^ "Battlefield Homepage - Plan Your visit". National Park Service. 

External links

  • Official NPS website: Richmond National Battlefield Park
  • Richmond, Virginia, a National Park Service Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary
  • Powhite, Mechanicsville, Hanover County, VA Pohwhite at the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS)
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