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Sailor's Creek Battlefield Historical State Park is a great place to stop for lunch because it's midway between Petersburg and Appomattox Court House. General Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia lost 7,700 men, including eight generals, in the three separate engagements that occurred here on April 6, 1865. This battle was instrumental towards Lee's decision to surrender at Appomattox Court House 72 hours later, thus ending the war in Virginia. The Battlefield has a Visitor Center with an exhibit hall featuring detailed information about the fighting that took place here between Union and Confederate forces. The exhibits also include several, rare artifacts and relics that were discovered on the property. In addition to the Visitor Center, guests are welcome to tour the grounds of the historic Hillsman House which was used by the Union Army as a Field Hospital during the battle. Thousands of men from both sides of the conflict were treated by surgeons stationed at this location. Amenities include picnic tables, charcoal pedestal grills, hiking trails and public restrooms.
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