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The Battle of the Crater

Battle Name : The Battle of the Crater

Date(s) : 30 July 1864

Part of : American Civil War , Eastern Theatre, 1864 , Petersburg Campaign ,

Outcome : A victory for American Confederate Forces over American Union Forces

Type of battle : Land


A brilliantly conceived attempt to breach the Petersburg defences by undermining and blowing up a section of the defensive line. Thanks to chaotic organisation and ineffectual leadership, the plan went hopelessly wrong and lead to a bloodbath and no territorial gain.