In the early morning hours of July 30th, 1864, a massive explosion rocked the main Confederate trenches outside Petersburg. The blast sent soldiers, horses, artillery, and more hurtling through the air.
“It appeared that this was the most disorderly house in town. The women, during the day, exposed their persons in the windows, and halloed at, threw at and spit upon all passers by.”
150 years ago this week, a ten-month siege begins just south of Richmond.
June of 1864 brought the Civil War once again right to Richmond’s doorstep, where it would stay for the remainder of the war.