Discussion in 'History' started by bdtex, Jul 30, 2016.
The Battle of the Crater
July 30, 1864
After weeks of preparation, on July 30 the Federals exploded a mine in Burnside’s IX Corps sector beneath Pegram’s Salient, blowing a gap in the Confederate defenses of Petersburg. From this propitious beginning, everything deteriorated rapidly for the Union attackers. Unit after unit charged into and around the crater, where soldiers milled in confusion. The Confederates quickly recovered and launched several counterattacks led by Maj. Gen. William Mahone. The break was sealed off, and the Federals were repulsed with severe casualties. Ferrarro’s division of black soldiers was badly mauled. This may have been Grant’s best chance to end the Siege of Petersburg. Instead, the soldiers settled in for another eight months of trench warfare. Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside was relieved of command for his role in the debacle.
I visited Petersburg on January 7,2016. The Crater:
I believe that assault was recreated in the movie Cold Harbor:
Yes it was. That was the only scene I liked in that movie. The rest of the movie was a love story. Not likely to watch that movie again.
Anniversary bump. Hard to believe it's already been a year and a half since I visited there. The Crater was early in the Richmond/Petersburg Campaign. It would go on for another 8 months.
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