155th Anniv. Battle of the Crater
Petersburg National Battlefield will recognize the 154th anniversary of the Battle of the Crater with a number of events which will occur on Saturday, July 27 and Sunday, July 28. The free programs will include guest speakers, historical displays, guided walks and military demonstrations.
About the Battle of the Crater
In June of 1864, after the Union Army’s initial attempts to take over Richmond’s main supply base at Petersburg failed, Pennsylvania soldiers came up with the idea of digging a tunnel under a portion of the Confederate defenses. Once under the Southern position, the Union soldiers would place four tons of black powder underneath soldiers from South Carolina and would detonate it in the early morning hours of July 30, 1864. The goal of the attack which followed the explosion was for the Union IX Corps, under General Ambrose Burnside, to break through the hole in the defenses and gain access into Petersburg. Due to poor leadership and the resolve of determined Confederate troops, the Union Army failed and the battle became known as one of the most brutal and vicious engagements of the entire Civil War.
If You Go
The Eastern Front Unit of Petersburg National Battlefield is located at 5001 Siege Road in Petersburg and is where Union troops made their first major attacks on the City of Petersburg in mid-June, 1864. Today, visitors can learn more about the history of the site by touring the museum, viewing the 18 minute video, or travelling the Unit’s four mile, 7 stop tour road. There are also ten miles of nature trails suitable for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding.
Petersburg National Battlefield was created in order to commemorate the campaign and siege and defense of Petersburg, Virginia, in 1864 and 1865. The park staff is committed to preserving and protecting the historical, cultural, and natural resources within the park in a manner that will provide interpretation,
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Events will be taking place in different areas of the Eastern Front Unit. The schedule is as follows: