Mar. 26, 1880 Pottsville Schuylkill County Pennsylvania, USA
Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General. Served in the Civil War first as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 6th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry (a 3-month enlistment regiment), then as as Lieutenant Colonel and commander of the 48th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. He was a former mining engineer, and his regiment was made up of coal miners from the hills of Pennsylvania. During the Siege of Petersburg, Virginia, he came up with the idea of tunneling under Confederate lines and and planting a mine to blow up their defenses. When his plan was approved, he directed the operation, which culminated in the successful detonation of the explosives. The successive battle became known as the Battle of the Crater, and was completely botched by inept Union Commanders Burnside, Ledlie and Ferrero. Nonetheless, he was brevetted Brigadier General, US Volunteers on March 13, 1865 for "skillful and distinguished services during the war, and particularly in the construction and explosion of the mine before Petersburg, Va.", the failure of which he had no part of. (bio by: Russ Dodge)
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Absolutely genius idea to mine underneath the Petersburg earthworks. I know you wanted to use 12,000 pounds of gunpowder - but 8,000 was sufficient. Rest in peace, sir. -
Daniel Moran Added: Mar. 26, 2016