150 Years Ago Today at Petersburg: July 30, 1864



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July 30, 1864

William Mahone, C.S.A., is appointed Maj. Gen. retroactively due to his performance at the Battle of the Crater.

Victor Jean Baptiste Girardey, C.S.A., is appointed Brig. Gen.

David Addison Weisinger, C.S.A., is appointed Brig. Gen. retroactively due to his performance at the Battle of the Crater.

The Explosion of the mine and the Assault on the Crater, the Petersburg Line, VA, that results in a Union disaster due in part to Brig. Gen. James H. Ledlie’s failure to take command of the advancing troops, opting to remain in a bombproof.  The mine had taken a month to dig, which was almost 6 football fields in length and packed with explosives, killing almost 300 Confederates when it was detonated who are blown to bits.  Maj. Gen. William Mahone, CSA, responds and inflicts 4,000 Union casualties, while the Rebels sustain 1,500, the Richmond, VA, Campaign.

Skirmish at Lee’s Mill, the Richmond, VA, Campaign.

Note: All “Today In The Petersburg Campaign” blog entries are used with permission from Ronald A. Mosocco’s Chronological Tracking of the American Civil War per the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion. Order the book HERE.

Copyright © 1993, 1994 by Ronald A. Mosocco

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