"A Great Struggle is Now Impending"

"A Great Struggle is Now Impending" (HM9XW)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23803
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 10.86', W 77° 28.194'

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The Breakthrough Trail

— Pamplin Historical Park —

The Union high command began making preparations to attack the Confederate lines on the Boisseau Plantation shortly after the capture of the Rebels' picket line on March 25. Final orders arrived on the afternoon of April 1 for a dawn assault the following morning.

Major General Horatio G. Wright, commander of the Union Sixth Corps, took several steps to ensure that his offensive would be successful. He assigned axmen and sharpshooters to precede the infantry to remove the obstructions and pickoff enemy riflemen who might try to interfere. Soldiers received orders not to stop and return fire during their charge, which would commence at the earliest hour of daylight. Finally, an artillery bombardment of 150 guns opened on the Confederate lines at 10:00 p.m., April 1, and continued until after midnight. The barrage was designed to soften up enemy resistance and knock out the southern cannon positions.

Despite these tactics, many Federal soldiers considered their attack orders a death warrant. Some wrote their names and hometowns on pieces of paper and pinned them to their uniforms so that their bodies could be identified after they were killed. "All knew that bloody work was before us" admitted one Federal commander.
HM NumberHM9XW
Placed ByPamplin Historical Park
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Date Added Saturday, October 11th, 2014 at 8:30pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 280741 N 4117808
Decimal Degrees37.18100000, -77.46990000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 10.86', W 77° 28.194'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 10' 51.60" N, 77° 28' 11.64" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434, 757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6514 Church Rd, Petersburg VA 23803, US
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