It seemed like a good idea to frustrated Union commanders: dig a 500 foot long mine underground to reach the fortifications of the long-besieged Confederates at Petersburg, Virginia, and set off a powerful explosion. On the early morning of June 30, 1864, the mine was packed with 8,000 pounds of black powder and the fuse lit.It seemed like a good idea to frustrated Union commanders: dig a 500 foot long mine underground to reach the fortifications of the long-besieged Confederates at Petersburg, Virginia, and set off a powerful explosion. On the early morning of June 30, 1864, the mine was packed with 8,000 pounds of black powder and the fuse lit.Read Less
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B&W maps & era photos. New. Book Condition: NEW 2003 Pen & Sword trade paperback, no printing given. B&W maps plus B&W era photos illustrate. Content: A spectacular early morning underground explosion followed by bloody hand-to-hand combat and unprecedented command malfeasance makes the story of the Crater one of the most riveting in Civil War history. Da Capo's new "Battleground America" series offers a unique approach to the battles and battlefields of America. Each book in the series highlights a small American battlefield-sometimes a small portion of a much larger battlefield-and tells the story of the brave soldiers who fought there. Using soldiers' memoirs, letters and diaries, as well as contemporary illustrations, the human ordeal of battle comes to life on the page. All of the units, important individuals, and actions of each engagement on the battlefield are described in a clear and concise narrative. Detailed maps complement the text and illustrate small unit action at each stage of the battle. Then-and-now photographs tie the dramatic events of the past to the modern battlefield site and highlight the importance of terrain in battle. The present-day historical site of the battle is described in detail with suggestions for touring. [1 copy available]
New. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2. Battleground America Guide. Describes Burnside's Assault on the Confederate trenches June 30, 1864, in Petersburg, Virginia, when the frustrated Union commanders decided to dig a 500-foot-long mine underground to reach the Confederate fortifications, and set off a powerful explosion that created a 30-foot deep crater. Illustrated with period photographs and maps.
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