Monotonous Toil

Monotonous Toil (HM4BO)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23803
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 13.954', W 77° 21.27'

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"The romance of a soldier's life disappears in a siege. The change of scenery and the lively marches are gone, and the same monotonous unvaried rounds of toil take their place. Sunday and weekday are all alike."
T.M. Blythe 50th N.Y. Engineers

This quiet wood was once a busy encampment. Here, during the winter of 1864-65, Union soldiers fought not Confederates, but boredom and toil. They drilled, they primped their huts, they read mail and newspapers, they played, and they waited - for their turn in the trenches (a dangerous assignment) or the call to battle.

That call to battle came only three times to the Pennsylvanians camped near here. On one of these - the morning of March 25, 1865 - they rushed from these camps to resist the Confederate breakthrough at Fort Stedman, one mile to the west (to your left).
HM NumberHM4BO
Placed ByPetersburg National Battlefield - National Park Service - Dept. of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 3:54am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 291129 N 4123269
Decimal Degrees37.23256667, -77.35450000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 13.954', W 77° 21.27'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 13' 57.24" N, 77° 21' 16.20" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434, 757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 18200-18274 Siege Rd, Petersburg VA 23803, US
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