Waiting Their Turn Historical

Waiting Their Turn Historical (HM1XHR)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23803
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 13.021', W 77° 22.245'

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Petersburg National Battlefield

By 6:00 am on July 30, 1864 the trenches before you were filled with black Union soldiers waiting to enter the Battle of the Crater. Ahead of them in line were white Union troops struggling to advance because of Confederate fire and the confusion and crowding around the hole.

These black Union troops sat and listened as the fighting grew louder. Soon they were standing to make way for the wounded going to the rear. From flesh wounds to those close to death, many of the wounded, out of agony, "were moaning and bellowing like wild beasts," recounted their commander Colonel Henry Thomas, "We stood there for over an hour with this endless procession of wounded men passing. There could be no greater strain on the nerves. Unable to strike a blow, we were sickened with the contemplation of revolting forms of death and mutilation."

At 7:30 am, they were finally ordered forward.
Year Placed2016
Placed ByNational Park Service, Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, March 26th, 2017 at 1:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 289644 N 4121580
Decimal Degrees37.21701667, -77.37075000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 13.021', W 77° 22.245'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 13' 1.26" N, 77° 22' 14.7" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434, 757
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Siege Rd, Petersburg VA 23803, US
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