Day 23 Defeat of the Confederacy

Day 23 Defeat of the Confederacy - 1864 Grant moves the...

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1864 Grant moves the Ptomac Army across the James River in June o Boats with boards laid across as a bridge o Extremely hazardous, large part on one side and another on the other side, exposed to the enemy; risky Petersburg, about 35 miles south of Richmond o Where Lee and army were encamped o Grant was repulsed when he first attacked o Received suggestion from a Colonel that his men dig a tunnel under the Confederate entrenchments and put explosives inside to blow up and put a hole in the confederate line Men were coal miners o Confederates heard them coming and started digging counter mines to try and find the diggers o Grant thought that if he sent black soldiers to the front then he would be accused of using them as cannon fodder o Mine worked but officers and soldiers were poorly prepared for what to do after Made a huge hole Threw Confederate Soldiers into air and they ran away 200 yard gap after mine blowsup Union soldiers were supposed to go around the line and take
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