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The Petersburg Breakthrough Battle, where Union troops ended the siege by breaking through the Confederate lines on April 2, 1865, occurred on the grounds of this privately owned park, home to some of Virginia's best-preserved Confederate earthwork fortifications. There's a re-created Military Encampment and a Battlefield Center with artifacts and exhibits about the battle. Guides lead 30- to 45-minute walking tours of the battlefield at least once a day; call for times since the tours will add immeasurably to your visit. The nearby Banks House served as Grant's headquarters. One of Virginia's few remaining slave dwellings is behind the house. You start all this at the National Museum of the Civil War Soldier, which is dedicated to the common foot soldier (no famous generals need apply). The Field Quarter interprets what slave life was like in the 19th century.