PETERSBURG UNION PRISONS --
Old Town Petersburg
During the "Siege of Petersburg" Union Prisons were located on North Market Street and High Street, Etc. The Building on the far right housed Union prisoners and most noteably American Indians captured at Petersburg. During the Siege, some curious Petersburg residents brought their children to see these interesting prisoners. I'll
find the story for you shortly. 6/06
......and American Indians!
ALSO KNOWN AS PETER JONES TRADING POST
This area was once a large early American Indian fishing village at the falls of the Appomattox River. An ancient Indian fishing dam is still visable in this area today. Petersburg has one of the longest histories of occupation of any city in Virginia. Its beginnings precede the arrival of the English in the colony, when the Indian village Appamattuck stood on the site. Fort Henry, a fur trading post, was built there in 1645. Named for Peter Jones, a friend of William Byrd II of Westover, Petersburg was established in 1748 and incorporated as a town in 1784 and as a city in 1850. For many years it was one of the busiest ports in the United States.
At N. Market, Grove, and River Streets, Old Town