Female Civil War Soldier’s Body Found At The Battle Of The Crater
Unearthed from a mass grave at the Crater, gravediggers discovered the body of a female soldier in Sept 1866, and noted she had been shot through the head, just like another female body found at Resaca Georgia, the workmen noted the body was in a “remarkable state of preservation”, and described as having a “delicate face”. She was buried along with her fellow soldiers with whom she fought and died. Her identity lost to history.
-They Fought Like Demons: Women Soldiers in the American Civil War By DeAnne Blanton, Lauren M. Cook
The Battle of the Crater was a battle of the part of the Siege of Petersburg. It took place on July 30, 1864.
After weeks of preparation, on July 30, Union forces exploded a mine in Maj. Gen.Burnside’s IX Corps sector, blowing a gap in the Confederate defenses of Petersburg, Virginia. From this propitious beginning, everything deteriorated rapidly for the Union attackers. Unit after unit charged into and around the crater, where soldiers milled in confusion. Grant considered the assault “the saddest affair I have witnessed in the war.” The Confederates quickly recovered and launched several counterattacks led by Brig. Gen Mahone. The breach was sealed off, and Union forces were repulsed with severe casualties. Brig. Gen. Edward Ferrero’s division of black soldiers was badly mauled. This may have been Grant’s best chance to end the Siege of Petersburg. Instead, the soldiers settled in for another eight months of trench warfare. Burnside was relieved of command for the last time for his role in the debacle, and he was never again returned to command