Fort Wadsworth

On the afternoon of March 25, 1865, President Lincoln and his family took a special train to Patrick Station, in Dinwiddie County. (Patrick Station no longer exists today.) Lincoln passes through the battlefield of the Opening Assaults on Petersburg. A bloody battle had just been fought at Fort Stedman. Lincoln & his party, which included Mayor General George G. Meade and Colonel Horace Porter, ride horses and take carriages from Patrick Station to Fort Wadsworth, a key point in the Union line. Lincoln spends two hours watching Federal troops attempting to drive in Confederate pickets, in a major skirmish with sharp fighting. It is here that Lincoln takes his son Tad by the hand and explains what is happening and its importance in history. On Lincoln's return to City Point by train, cars are filled with wounded from the skirmish Lincoln witnessed.


Location Information

Fort Wadsworth is open from sunrise to sunset for self-guided tours.

3800 Block of Halifax Road at the intersection of Halifax and Flank Roads
Petersburg, VA 23803
(804) 732-3531 ext. 200

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