This week in the Civil War for July 28, 1863
Mary Surratt’s Execution

The Crater

July 30, 1864

Union forces explode a mine in the Confederate defences of Petersburg, Virginia, during the 9-month siege of the city. Federal units charge into the crater created by the blast but the Confederates press counter-attacks by firing down into it, causing severe numbers of casualties. The Union troops were defeated in what General Grant called ”the saddest affair I have witnessed in the war”.
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