Join us for a FREE walking tour about the action on June 15, 1864, when General Edward Hinks led his United States Colored Troops (USCT) in an attack on Petersburg. For many of the men, it was their first battle, but they entered the fray with more to prove than their white comrades. Join a ranger as we explore the history of the USCT, their role in the Opening Assaults, and the impact that day had on black soldiers throughout the army.  Meet at the Petersburg National Battlefield Eastern Front Visitor Center parking lot at 5001 Siege Road, Petersburg, 23803.

This SUNSET TOUR is a free & family-friendly program discussing key events during the Petersburg Campaign.  Petersburg National Battlefield and Petersburg Battlefields Foundation are partnering for a third year to offer these tours once a month between May and August.  Programs are 60-90 minutes and require a small amount of walking. Drinking water and comfortable shoes are recommended. All programs are subject to change. Changes or cancellations will be announced on Petersburg National Battlefield’s Facebook page (@PetersburgNPS). For more information or to determine the status of the programs, please call (804) 732-3531 ext. 201 or e-mail Ranger Eric Schreiner at [email protected].

Photo is “Charge of the 22nd Negro Regiment, Petersburg, VA” by Andre Castaigne, 1892 – Courtesy of West Point Museum Art Collection, U.S.M.A.