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Henry Clay Pleasants
Birth: Feb. 16, 1833
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Death: 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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  Sarah Newell Bannan Pleasants (1837 - 1860)*
 
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Inscription:
UNTIL THE DAY BREAK AND THE SHADOWS FLEE AWAY
 
Burial:
Charles Baber Cemetery
Pottsville
Schuylkill County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section B, Lot 11
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Record added: Jul 11, 1999
Find A Grave Memorial# 5860
Henry Clay Pleasants
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Henry Clay Pleasants
Added by: Russ Dodge
 
Henry Clay Pleasants
Added by: Russ Dodge
 
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- Deleted1
 Added: Mar. 25, 2014
I light a candle for Henry Pleasants ...
- Candles
 Added: Jan. 21, 2012
I am very sorry that Lincoln ordered such a conflict and the invasion of a validly seceded nation with such close ties. Yours was a brilliant idea, sir. Please forgive my resentment as my great-great-grandfather Henry Carter died there. God bless General ...(Read more)
- Glenn Carter
 Added: Nov. 21, 2011
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