NBC12 VIEWPOINT: The 150th Commemoration of the Battle of Petersburg and Emancipation

By: Kym Grinnage email

If you are a student of history or you just have a love of learning, then you must include the Petersburg region on your must-do list for the next nine months, but certainly this summer.

As many of you know, June marked the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Petersburg. It's one thing to read about the importance that this battle and the Emancipation that followed in a history book, but it's exciting to have history come to life when you visit.

The citizens of the Petersburg region should take pride in what they have prepared for Virginia and America to see when they visit this region for the next nine months and beyond. The siege in the region lasted 292 days and is the longest extended battle on American soil.

70,000 people lost their lives during these series of battles, and a little known fact is that at the Battle of the Crater, the Medal of Honor was awarded to an African American soldier, Decatur Dorsey, for his bravery. The battles spread over Petersburg, Chesterfield, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Prince George and Dinwiddie. History is best told when it is inclusive, and that is what you will see when you visit.

So see for yourself, visit the website for the Petersburg Area Tourism at petersburgarea.org.

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