July 30 - 1864 - The Battle of the Crater

Facing large scale trench warfare outside of Petersburg, VA, the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry of the Union Army had a novel idea to attack the Confederate trenches: dig a mine to the Confederate lines and set off a bomb underneath them.  Their commander, General Ambrose Burnside, thoroughly endorsed the plan and convinced his superiors to allow it to happen. Burnside was possibly looking to vindicate himself for the Battle of Fredericksburg, where he embarassed himself as Commander of the Union Army. The Battle of the Crater did not redeem his legacy, but did create some lasting impressions about military strategy.

William Floyd