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Battle of Petersburg Lecture

Battle of Petersburg Lecture


During this program you will learn about the Battle of Petersburg from historian William Welsch.

In April of 1781, the British Army, under the command of Major General William Phillips, along with Brigadier Benedict Arnold, arrived at City Point (Hopewell) and marched on the City of Petersburg.

The Virginia militia outnumbered 2,500 to 1,000, met Gen. Phillips and his army just east of Blandford. The Virginia militia led by Major General Von Steuben put up a strong resistance, however, after three hours of fighting, Von Steuben ordered a retreat across the Pocahontas bridge, onto the Heights(now Colonial Heights). He hoped to regroup and meet up with Major General Marquis de Lafayette near Richmond.

During this time, Major General Phillips dies of a medical condition, at a home called Bollingbrook (now the YMCA). Benedict Arnold ordered him to be buried in the Blandford Church yard, under the cover of darkness and without a headstone or marker.

This is a free event and will take place inside Blandford Church.

If you are in need of assistance getting into the church please come 20 minutes early.


April 19, 2024 - April 19, 2024
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
City of Petersburg

Blandford Church
111 Rochelle Lane
Petersburg, VA 23803

Category: Lecture/Seminar
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