The Battle of the Crater at the Siege of Petersburg Online

Editor’s Note: This post originally appeared earlier today at The Siege of Petersburg Online: Beyond the Crater.

By far the most famous and awe-inspiring battle of the Siege of Petersburg, the Battle of the Crater, occurred 147 years ago today.  The Battle of the Crater featured the longest tunnel dug in siege operations in the entire American Civil War, a massive explosion which caused even battle hardened veterans to mull about dumbstruck for several minutes after, the first large scale use of African-American soldiers in the Petersburg Campaign and Confederate response to this, and what historian Earl Hess, among many others, believes was a massacre based on available evidence.  The dreadful Union performance at the Battle of the Crater led directly to the courts-martial of both the luckless Ambrose Burnside and his cowardly division commander James Ledlie in the battle’s aftermath.

It’s no wonder the battle ignites the imagination of so many students of the Civil War.  I thought I’d take a moment today to direct TOCWOC’s readers to some of the resources available at The Siege of Petersburg Online: The Battle of the Crater.  First, check out the Battle of the Crater battle summary page and Battle of the Crater maps page.  For even more in depth information, see the following areas:

Battle of the Crater Bibliography & Books Reviewed:

Battle of the Crater Posts at The Siege of Petersburg Online:



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *