The Horrid Pit: The Battle of the Crater, the Civil War's Cruelest Mission
Documents the dangerous excavation of history's longest military tunnel and the tragic subterranean assault on the Confederate line at the Battle of the Crater, evaluating the decisions and events that shaped the tunnel's construction, describing the contributions of key players, and recounting the factors that led to numerous deaths on both sides of the battle.
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advance Alabama Alfred Waud Ambrose Burnside Answer artillery assault attack Battery battle black troops bomb-proof Burnside's Captain Cavanaugh and Marvel Cemetery Hill charge chief of staff Civil colored troops Confederate Confederate lines counterattack countermine Court of Inquiry Crater detonation digging Dimmock Line dispatch Duane earth Edward Ferrero Elliott's Salient enemy enemy's line engineer explosion Featherston Federal feet fire flank forward Fourth Division front fuse gallery George Gordon Meade Grant Hartranft HEADQUARTERS ARMY Henry Pleasants Ibid infantry IX Corps James Joint Committee July 30 killed Ledlie Ledlie's Library of Congress Lieutenant Colonel Mahone Major Major-General BURNSIDE Meade's chief military miners move muskets North Carolina officers parapet Pennsylvania position Potomac Potter powder Quoted in Cannan Quoted in Cavanaugh rear regiments reply reported Second Brigade sent shaft side siege siege of Petersburg soldiers South trenches tunnel U.S. Colored Troops Union lines Virginia white troops wounded York