Military

Battlefields and Military Sites

First Battalion Virginia Volunteers Armory

Historical Significance The First Battalion Virginia Volunteers Armory, also known as the Leigh Street Armory, is the oldest Armory structure in existence in Virginia. It is one of six original armories in the city and one of only two that survive…

Fort Monroe Historic District

Historical Significance Fort Monroe is located at Old Point Comfort, where a Dutch trading ship carrying the first "20-odd" Angolan Africans to Virginia entered the colony in August 1619. The Portuguese, who were waging war in Africa, enslaved many…

Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site

Historical Significance Thousands of "contrabands" - Southern slaves liberated by Union forces during the Civil War - helped build the necklace of 68 earthen forts and 93 batteries known as the Defenses of Washington, of which Fort Ward was one of…

Pamplin Historical Park

Historical Significance Pamplin Historical Park preserves a portion of the Tudor Hall Plantation, circa 1812, including the plantation home and reconstructed outbuildings and slave quarters. The Tudor Hall Plantation is the former home of the…

Petersburg National Battlefield Park

Historical Significance On June 15, 1864, a division of the U.S. Colored Troops in the XVIII Corps helped capture and secure a section of the Dimmock Line in Petersburg. The other USCT division at Petersburg was with the IX Corps and fought in the…

Petersburg National Military Park

Historical Significance At this site on June 30, 1864, black Union soldiers displayed exceptional bravery when they engaged in combat against Confederate troops. Originally, blacks served in both armies as laborers and servants, unable to…

Battle of Great Bridge

Historical Significance On December 9, 1775 the Continental Army won a victory at the Battle of Great Bridge, located south of Norfolk. The battle was an important turning point in the Revolutionary War, ending British rule in Virginia. Months of…