About 1,000 Civil War re-enactors Sunday will continue staging the first Battle of Petersburg at Hale Farm & Village, where workers this year dug trenches in a Bath field to demonstrate a key aspect of what happened June 15, 1864, in Virginia.
Visitors can watch as Union soldiers battle outnumbered Confederate soldiers. At the time, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee feared the fall of Petersburg would lead to the fall of the nearby Confederate capital, Richmond. During this battle, the Confederate soldiers were mostly old men and boys. But, historians say, the Confederate soldiers had the advantage of fighting in trenches, and initially held off the North.
Lee ultimately surrendered the last major Confederate troops about nine months later in April 1865, ending the war. Between 600,000 and 850,000 soldiers died from combat, accident, starvation or disease during the Civil War, according to the American Battlefield Trust.
The re-enactment, which includes a market and someone acting as President Abraham Lincoln, runs until 5 p.m. Sunday at 2686 Oak Hill Road. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for children.