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The Battle of the Crater

July 30, 1864 – An ill-fated plan to detonate gunpowder under the Confederate trenches at Petersburg, Virginia resulted in a disastrous Federal defeat.

Shortly after the Federal Army of the Potomac encircled Petersburg in late June 1864, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Pleasants of the 48th Pennsylvania approached the Federal high command with a plan: Pleasants’s troops, mostly anthracite coal miners from Schuylkill County, would tunnel under the Confederate defenses and detonate four tons of gunpowder. 1,297 more words


The Chicago Times Suppression

June 1, 1863 – Major General Ambrose Burnside responded to administration criticism of Clement Vallandigham’s arrest and conviction last month by closing the Chicago Times… 466 more words


Clement Vallandigham Banished

May 19, 1863 – President Abraham Lincoln directed Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton to banish former Congressman Clement L. Vallandigham to the South for voicing opposition to the war. 1,511 more words

Abraham Lincoln

A Total Disaster: The Battle of the Crater, July 30, 1864

The American Civil War, in my opinion, is a huge turning point in our history. Our less than 100-year-old nation split in two and took up arms against each other, pitting the industrial North and the agrarian, slave-holding South. 1,762 more words

Ambrose Burnside

The Mine, Again (March 13, 1865)

Back in Philadelphia, Margaretta Meade is stiff grieving over the death of her eldest son, John Sergeant, the previous month. The general suggests she come and visit the army. 2,996 more words

Quite a Sensation in the Army (March 4, 1865)

The affair of the “Mine” continues to reverberate, as both George Meade and Theodore Lyman comment on an account of the action, also known as the Battle of the Crater, that appeared in the Washington Chronicle. 587 more words

Report on the Mine (February 9, 1865)

General Meade writes home about the report of the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War’s on the Battle of the Crater (a.k.a. the Mine). 782 more words