Petersburg Battlefield The Crater

At 4:45 A.M. July 30, 1864, the explosion occurred. It killed 278 Confederate soldiers and leveled 500 yards of the Confederate line. Said a Union soldier? 'Suddenly the earth trembled under our feet. An enormous mass sprang into the air … without form or shape, full of flames … and lightning flashes." And a Confederate soldier recalled: 'I was asleep when the explosion took place. There was a hurried roll call, and, afterwards, we marched towards the crater."
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Petersburg Battlefield The Crater

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