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This is the main park visitor center and museum, located in a restored Tredegar Ironworks building.
Richmond National Battlefield Park
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3215 East Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23223
Visitor centers open 9-5, some closed seasonally. Grounds = dawn to dusk.
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This historic park is in and around Richmond, so it has an urban character that separates it from many other Civil War battlefields. Also, it is spread out, so to see it well, it is good to have a car and to allocate at least one full day, and possibly more.
Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy and the key to its survival. The Union Army fought several battles at the gates of Richmond in 1862, in which it was unsuccessful and again in 1864-1865, which succeeded and ended the war. The park includes multiple locations around the city from both periods.
The main park headquarters is in a restored building (see picture) that used to be part of the Tredegar Iron Works, which was an important Confederate iron foundry. The museum is upstairs and tells the story of the Civil War battles of Richmond. The 30 minute movie downstairs focuses on the battles of 1862 and is compelling – a must see.
The park’s highlights include the main headquarters building and its nearby plaza as well as the Malvern Hill unit, which is remarkably well preserved and worth walking around. Also worth seeing is the Cold Harbor unit, which is smaller in size than Malvern Hill, but was an important Confederate victory in 1864. The Chimborazo Medical Museum is an interesting visit that covers the military hospital during the war.
Parts of Richmond near the visitor center and downtown have a historical feel and a Southern charm and can provide a sense of how the city may have been during the war.
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6/2/2013 9:13:36 PM
Visited the battlefield again to see more of the units. The line of forts around Fort Harrison are worth seeing. They are well preserved and have informative historical signs. Also saw a smaller fort called Parker's Battery and will write a review of Drewry's Bluff, which was impressive as well.
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