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By Jeff Kinard

July 1864. Grant's siege of Petersburg is at a standstill. A Federal regiment made up generally of Pennsylvania coal miners, below the command of Lt. Colonel Henry Pleasants, secures the reluctant approval of Generals Meade and, eventually, provide to pursue an outrageous approach: tunnel lower than the accomplice trenches, and blow up the accomplice troops. The 586-foot tunnel is finished in a month. 4 lots of powder explode in a devastating shock assault, killing 1000s of accomplice squaddies. Fearing undesirable exposure, white squaddies are substituted for the department of black troops especially proficient for the attack. sick ready, and with no management, they cost via accomplice strains and swarm round and really, into the 170-foot crater, purely to be trapped and slaughtered in a livid counter charge.An soaking up tale of striking bravery and incompetent management according to first-person money owed.

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It took as many as fifteen crucial minutes for them to recover their senses and begin the attack. As Ledlie's men jostled through the narrow covered ways, they found their paths choked by men ahead. Those who at last made it to the forward trench found that Burnside had failed to order the parapets lowered for their crossing. Engineers had constructed two narrow sandbag stairways, but these proved hopelessly inadequate to provide passage for the thousands of troops. A major of a New York regiment described the desperation of his men: "Our own works, which were very high at this point, had not been prepared for scaling.

Page 13 1 The Key to Richmond By the summer of 1864, Richmond, Virginia, was a city under siege. As Union General Ulysses S. Grant's powerful Army of the Potomac tightened its grip on the Confederate capital, General Robert E. Lee rushed the battered remnants of his Army of Northern Virginia into the city's outer defenses. Weakened by three years of constant fighting. Lee's army was still dangerous; just weeks earlier it had inflicted horrendous losses on the Federals in the battles of the Wilderness and Spottsylvania.

It took as many as fifteen crucial minutes for them to recover their senses and begin the attack. As Ledlie's men jostled through the narrow covered ways, they found their paths choked by men ahead. Those who at last made it to the forward trench found that Burnside had failed to order the parapets lowered for their crossing. Engineers had constructed two narrow sandbag stairways, but these proved hopelessly inadequate to provide passage for the thousands of troops. A major of a New York regiment described the desperation of his men: "Our own works, which were very high at this point, had not been prepared for scaling.

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