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The Battle of the Crater: A Complete History Hardcover – January 19, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0786439829 ISBN-10: 0786439823

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 428 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (January 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786439823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786439829
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,312,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This book will probably remain the definitive study of this action for years to come...a well-written and tightly constructed history...must be read by those especially fascinated by the final campaigns of the Civil War. Schmutz has set the standard." --Civil War News

"By far the most comprehensive work on this topic that I have ever encountered...wonderful...excellent writing...a complete history of the Battle of the Crater...highly recommend." --Cincinnati Civil War Round Table

"The most recent and the most thorough contribution to this growing body of literature on the Crater. Though we are likely to see publication of additional studies of the Battle of the Crater in the future, we are unlikely to see one that matches the scope and detail." --H-Net Reviews --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Corporate attorney, Army veteran and longtime Civil War enthusiast John F. Schmutz resides in San Antonio, Texas.

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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Lynn on March 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
THE BATTLE OF THE CRATER: A COMPLETE HISTORY
JOHN F. SCHMUTZ
MCFARLAND PUBLISHING, 2008
HARDCOVER, $75.00, 428 PAGES, PHOTOGRAPHS, ILLUSTRATIONS, APPENDICES, NOTES,
BIBLIOGRAPHY, INDEX

The Petersburg Mine Assault or as it is known in U.S. history-The Battle of the Crater, was the idea of Lt. Colonel Henry Pleasants, commanding officer of the 48th Pennsylvania Regiment. This regiment was composed largely of coal miners from the Schuylkill County and were assigned a section of the trenches opposite Confederate Brigadier General Stephen Elliott's South Carolina Brigade. This brigade was composed of the 17th, 18th, 22nd, 23rd, and 26th South Carolina Regiments.

Pleasants, a mining engineer before the war, acted on the remark of one of his men. He met with the Ninth Army Corps commander, Major General Ambrose E. Burnside and he was sold on this idea. He in turn passed it to the commanding general of the Army of the Potomac, Lt. General Ulysses S. Grant, who approved it. Work started on the tunnel on 25 June 1864 and was completed on 23 July 1864. The placing of the powder charge was finished on 27 July 1864. The main shaft ran 511 feet to a point 20 feet under Confederate Battery No. 5; two lateral galleries, with a total length of 75 feet, were run under the enemy trenches. The tunnel averaged five feet in height, was four and a half feet wide at the bottom and about two feet at the top. It was ventilated by an ingenious system whereby fire in a chimney near the entrance drew stale air out of the tunnel, while the resulting vacuum pulled fresh air through a wooden tube that ran along the floor of the tunnel from under an airtight door at the entrance to the end where the men were digging.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sam on March 31, 2014
Format: Paperback
The work does not appear to have been proofread. Quotes are repeated to such an extent that it appears the editors didn't read the book in its entirety before publishing. However, the quotes are extensive and, assuming the author isn't making them up, useful for anyone trying to comprehensively learn about the Battle of the Crater.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Wilmore on June 7, 2014
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John Schmutz is the finest of Historians and a great writer. It seems as if he actually was with and fought along side of all those who fought the battle.
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