- Nov 21, 2014
So I've been doing some reading recently, and I stumbled upon something I had completely forgotten about. During the siege of Vicksburg, much like would happen at Petersburg later, the besiegers dug a tunnel and blew a huge crater beneath the 3rd Louisiana Redan. Though the first assaults were repulsed, it seems that the engineers were doing a creditable job of widening the breach to allow an attack to follow up the crater and create even more breaches in the line.
As a general question, what is different about this crater attack from Vicksburg and the one at Petersburg? Was this kind of operation doomed to fail?
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