“You may direct the loading of the mine in front of the Ninth Corps.”

The men of the 48th Pennsylvania are coal miners, and they have dug a mine beneath the enemy’s defenses around Petersburg.  I have little faith that it will accomplish much, but if we can fill it with powder and detonate it, we may be able to break the stalemate.  I wrote Gen. Meade,

HEADQUARTERS ARMIES OF THE UNITED STATES,
City Point, Va., July 25, 1864.

Major General GEORGE G. MEADE:

You may direct the loading of the mine in front of the Ninth Corps. I would set no time when it should be exploded, but leave it subject to orders. The expedition ordered may cause such a weakening of the enemy at Petersburg as to make an attack there possible, in which case you would want to spring Burnside’s mine. It cannot be kept a great while after the powder is put in. I would say, therefore, if it is not found necessary to blow it up earlier, I would have it off during the afternoon of Wednesday.

U. S. GRANT,

Lieutenant-General.

 

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 11, p 312

O.R., I, xl, part 3, p 438

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