Digging the Mine

Digging the Mine (HM4BC)

Location: Petersburg, VA 23803
Country: United States of America

N 37° 13.156', W 77° 22.568'

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"We could blow that damn fort out of existence if we could run a mine shaft under it."
- A private of the 48th Pennsylvania June 23, 1864

Spurred by the offhand suggestion of a former coal miner, on June 25, 1864, Lieutenant Colonel Henry Pleasants put his 48th Pennsylvania to digging. Their objective: to tunnel under the Confederate line and low up the battery at Elliott's Salient.

Beginning on June 25, 1864, and continuing for the next month, these Pennsylvania coal miners burrowed a shaft 511 feet into this hillside. Then they packed four tons of powder into the magazines under the Confederate battery. At 3:15 a.m. on July 30, Pleasants lit the fuse and scrambled out of the tunnel.
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HM NumberHM4BC
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Placed ByPetersburg National Battlefield - National Park Service - Dept. of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 10:14pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 289173 N 4121841
Decimal Degrees37.21926667, -77.37613333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 13.156', W 77° 22.568'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 13' 9.36" N, 77° 22' 34.08" W
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Area Code(s)804, 434, 757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3445 Siege Rd, Petersburg VA 23803, US
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