Henry Clay Pleasants

Henry Clay Pleasants

Death 26 Mar 1880 (aged 47)
Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section B, Lot 11
Memorial ID 5860 · View Source
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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 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.

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