Prelude to the Crater

Prelude to the Crater (HM4AZ)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23803
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 13.105', W 77° 22.306'

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"The mine is all finished, the powder in, the fuse all ready. I hope that the attack will be successful, for if it is, we shall have Petersburg in our possession."
- Col. Stephen M. Weld, 50th Massachusetts July 28, 1864

The predawn darkness of July 30, 1864, shrouded intense Union preparations on this ridge. Thousands of troops filed quietly into the ravine and trenches in front. More than 160 cannon crowded the earthworks to your right and left. Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside, commander of the attacking force, took his place in the 14-gun battery (Fort Morton) behind you. By 3:30 a.m. all was ready. Only one detail remained: the explosion of the mine.
HM NumberHM4AZ
Placed ByPetersburg National Battlefield - National Park Service - Dept. of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 4:21pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 289558 N 4121737
Decimal Degrees37.21841667, -77.37176667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 13.105', W 77° 22.306'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 13' 6.30" N, 77° 22' 18.36" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434, 757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3445 Siege Rd, Petersburg VA 23803, US
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