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Poplar Grove National Cemetery

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Address: 8005 Vaughan Rd, Petersburg, VA 23805-9785
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+1 804-861-2488
09:00 - 17:00
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The bloody remains of past eras

Though still in use today there is a well of history amongst the old gravestones, a time past when the events of the day were bloody and steeped in misery.

Reviewed 29 September 2015
Margaret C
Sydney, Australia
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Reviewed 20 December 2016

Stone gardens aren't considered the best places to visit, but I couldn't resist this one. A reconstruction project was underway and we intruded, but were treated very nicely by the project's managing engineer and given a short tour. We were shown the grave of my Great-Grandfather and it is beautiful. He has a new, clean stone that stands upright to... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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Reviewed 29 November 2015

We stopped here after visiting the eastern battlefield at Petersburg and didn't walk the entire grounds. I'd visit the Hollywood Cemetery before this. However, this would be a good visit to see and pay respects.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 29 September 2015

Though still in use today there is a well of history amongst the old gravestones, a time past when the events of the day were bloody and steeped in misery.

Thank Margaret C
Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2015

Currently this site is closed to the public. Repairs are being made to the entire site. Plan to visit later. However, you can see over the wall into the cemetery but you will see only grass.

Thank LAPR1
Nanuet, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2015

We visited on a dreary, drizzly day. Wandering the grounds, reading the stones and noting the number of "unknowns" brought home a reminder of the staggering waste and loss of the war.

Thank jepgirl
Upstate NY
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Reviewed 30 April 2015

While this cemetery is in an area considerably off the beaten path, it is a location not to be missed by those wishing to visualize the impact of the Siege of Petersburg. Thousands of simple government gravestones lie flush with the ground, many identified and a sad number marked unknown. Also of note: The location was the site of the... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2015

Despite encompassing some 6000 largely Union soldier interments there is nothing to see, not even headstones

Thank Woolf G
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Reviewed 1 November 2014

While walking around this cemetery it is very clear that there were major casualties on both sides of the war. There are some graves filled with hundreds of bodies. It is just so sad. I strongly recommend this location because it is a moment when both sides can come together and recognize all the loss of the war. The graves... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

This is not your average cemetery. The site is quite and covered in trees. The stones are filled with the names of dates of men who fell in the prime years of their lives from disease, combat, accidents, starvation and lack of medical attention. The list goes on and on. The other compelling piece is that it appears that over... More 

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Dousman, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2014

Do stop on your Petersburg tour at this historic site. Even if it is to see if you can find a soldier from your state that might be there. It is tranquil and lovely.

1 Thank Monica58860

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