The Crater

The Crater (HM4B2)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23803
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 13.115', W 77° 22.65'

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"There was utmost consternation. Some men scampered out of the lines; some, paralyzed with fear, vaguely scratched at the counterscarp as if trying to escape. Smoke and dust filled the air."
- Col. William McMaster, 17th South Carolina Infantry

At 4:40 a.m. on July 30, 1864, the men of Captain Richard Pegram's battery and two South Carolina regiments lay sleeping here at Elliot's Salient. A moment later, this place turned into a smoking hole 170 feet long, 80 feet wide, and 30 feet deep. Two hundred and seventy-eight Confederates died in the blast. Two 1,700-pound cannons were hurled completely out of the works.

The depressions of four of the magazines (rooms that held the powder) exploded by Colonel Pleasants's men are still visible inside the Crater.
HM NumberHM4B2
Placed ByPetersburg National Battlefield - National Park Service - Dept. of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 8:37pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 289050 N 4121769
Decimal Degrees37.21858333, -77.37750000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 13.115', W 77° 22.65'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 13' 6.90" N, 77° 22' 39.00" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434, 757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 18276 Siege Rd, Petersburg VA 23803, US
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