U.S. Colored Troops and the Battle of the Crater
Emmanuel Dabney talked about the role of the U.S. Colored Troops in the Civil War Battle of the Crater during the siege of… read more
Emmanuel Dabney talked about the role of the U.S. Colored Troops in the Civil War Battle of the Crater during the siege of Petersburg. After weeks of tunneling, on July 30, 1864, Union forces blew up a mine underneath the Confederate lines to create a gap in the defenses. Mr. Dabney spoke about why the attack ultimately ended in a failure, and why the U.S. Colored Troops were unjustly blamed.
“The Battle of the Crater” was a presentation of the 2014 summer conference of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, “The Civil War in 1864.” close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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