The Petersburg Campaign :
the Battle of the Crater "The Horrid Pit," June 25-August 6, 1864 /
Michael A. Cavanaugh, William Marvel.
|Main Creator:||Cavanaugh, Michael Arthur.|
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Lynchburg, Va. : H.E. Howard, ©1989.
Virginia Civil War battles and leaders series.
Spine title: The Battle of the Crater "The Horrid Pit."
Includes bibliographical references (pages 149-164) and index.
After weeks of preparation, on July 30, 1864, Union forces ignited 8000 pounds of explosives beneath a Confederate position hoping to create a gap in the defensive line through which Union forces would pour. The Confederates suffered heavy losses but things deteriorated rapidly fo rthe Union attackers. Unit after unit charged into and around the crater, from which they couldn't escape. The Confederates quickly recovered and launched several counterattacks led by Brig. Gen. William "Billy" Mahone. The breach was sealed off, and Union forces were repulsed with severe casualties. Brig. Gen. Edward Ferrero's division of black soldiers was badly mauled. The best chance to end the Siege of Petersburg was lost with the Union forces settling in for another eight months of trench warfare.
Physical description: 183 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
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