"A Stupendous Failure"

"A Stupendous Failure" (HM4B6)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23803
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 13.114', W 77° 22.65'

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"It is agreed that the thing was a perfect success, except that it did not succeed."
- Major Charles F. Adams, Jr., USA

The explosion cleared the Union path to Petersburg. But instead of pushing through, the first waves of Union attackers simply stood at the Crater, gawking at the incredible scene.

Union hesitation allowed the Confederates to regroup. Southern batteries fired from right and left; the Federals crowded into the Crater for protection. A thin line of Confederate survivors formed in the depression beyond the Crater. Though the Federals seized 150 yards of works on each side of the Crater, they advanced no farther. Dazed, confused, and leaderless, for hours they huddled in and around "the horrid pit." Meanwhile, Confederate reinforcements prepared to counterattack.
HM NumberHM4B6
Placed ByPetersburg National Battlefield - National Park Service - Dept. of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, October 25th, 2014 at 5:05pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 289050 N 4121767
Decimal Degrees37.21856667, -77.37750000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 13.114', W 77° 22.65'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 13' 6.84" 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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