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The Battle of the Crater
Civil War Battles
"The Battle of the Crater took place during the Richmond-Petersburg campaign in an attempt to shorten the siege on Petersburg finish the war earlier. How much do you know about this battle?"
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
In order to shorten the siege on Petersburg the men of the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry came up with a plan to dig a tunnel under the Confederate position, pack gunpowder in it and blow up the Confederate camp. What civilian occupation had most of the men had that made them think that they would be able to do this?
What was the biggest problem with digging the tunnel at Petersburg?
Who was in command of digging the tunnel?
(Two words or just surname)
The Confederate troops at Petersburg were aware of the digging by the Union troops.
How long was the tunnel when it was finished?
There were four divisions of troops located near Cemetery Hill where the Battle of the Crater took place. In the original plans whose division was to lead the follow up attack after the explosion took place?
Just over twelve hours before the battle Burnside got a letter from Grant and Meade telling him he could not put Ferro's division on the front lines. Whose division was put on the front lines instead?
Generals Ledlie and Ferrero were missing during the battle. What were they doing during the battle?
They were ill
They were injured
Who was investigated by a court of inquiry and soon resigned after the battle?
In response to what happened in the Battle of the Crater who said that the battle was "The saddest affair [he had] ever witnessed in the war."?
Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Pleasants
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Compiled Jun 28 12