Just before 5:00 am, on July 30, 1864, Union troops blew up a Confederate battery and most of one infantry regiment, creating a crater 170 feet long, 60 to 80 feet wide, and 30 feet deep.
The area of the Battle of the Crater is a frequently visited portion of Petersburg National Battlefield Park. The mine entrance is open for inspection annually on the anniversary of the battle.
Commemorative Battle of the Crater Hiking Stick Medallion measures 1 3/4'' in diameter.
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