Brother vs. Brother

Brother vs. Brother (HM9YB)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23803
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 10.865', W 77° 28.456'

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The Breakthrough Trail

— Pamplin Historical Park —

Near here, the 6th Maryland Infantry (Union) made their penetration of the Confederate fortifications. Major Clifton K. Prentiss, a 29-year-old from Baltimore, helped lead his unit in the Breakthrough only to fall wounded with a rifle ball in his chest.

Some distance to your right and a little later in the battle, Private William S. Prentiss also suffered a severe wound, one that would require the amputation of his right leg. William Prentiss served in the 2nd Maryland Battalion, a Confederate unit.

William and Clifton were brothers. As in so many families from border states like Maryland, the Civil War had driven a wedge between these two young men. Their service in opposing armies brought them together on this battlefield, although under tragic circumstances.

<Sidebar:> The Confederates created this narrow opening in their fortifications to allow pickets to go back and forth from their posts, for wood-gathering parties to scavenge for timber, and to permit the men to use the latrines which were located in front of their works. A number of these gaps existed along the entire Confederate line.

The earthwork running perpendicular to the main fortifications is the remains of an engineering device known as a traverse. Originally, another section of earthwork would have connected with this one to create an "L" shaped fortification behind the main line to protect the narrow opening. These gaps attracted the attention of Union attackers during the Breakthrough as a potential path of least resistance.
HM NumberHM9YB
Placed ByPamplin Historical Park
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Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 9:34am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 280354 N 4117827
Decimal Degrees37.18108333, -77.47426667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 10.865', W 77° 28.456'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 10' 51.90" N, 77° 28' 27.36" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434, 757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6513 Duncan Rd, Petersburg VA 23803, US
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