The Battle of the Crater, July 30th, 1864

The lieutenant of artillery looked down upon a scene he never imagined and would never forget: hundreds of men in blue torn apart by point-blank cannon fire. He turned to General Mahone. “We’ve held them, sir.”

Mahone continued staring at the slaughter. “It’s a turkey shoot.”


Today is the sesquicentennial of the Battle of the Crater. I wrote of the battle in Dawn Drums. I’ve posted that selection, along with a reading comprehension exercise, on my Dawn Drums website Please feel free to use it with your students.DownloadedFile-1

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