Petersburg gets a long-awaited visitors’ center, and it promises to be a beauty, as well as historically significant. Can’t wait to visit again – I remember my first visit and the distinct lack of interpretation!
The South Side Railroad was the final railroad to be severed by Union forces. When it was captured on April 1, 1865, said Mary Koik, spokeswoman for the Civil War Trust, "it was a foregone conclusion" that Petersburg would surrender. Richmond surrendered a day later.A room on the second floor of the depot was used as an office after the war by Confederate Gen. William Mahone, a railroad president who later was a founder of Virginia State University.