Albumen photograph, 7.25 x 9.5 in., on 11 x 14 in. mount with the imprint of Petersburg, VA, photographer C.R. Rees. Accompanied by inked note reading: "The Crater Farm owned by Y.R. Griffith. I have a stick from the large pine tree shown in this photo & also some peach nuts. All which I got myself Sunday Aug. 31, 1890, Petersburg, VA."
A scarce post-Civil War view of veterans gathered at the site of the Battle of the Crater, which was part of the Siege of Petersburg that occurred on July 30, 1864, involving the Union's abortive attempt to sap the Confederate line at Elliot's Salient on the Petersburg perimeter. Following the massive explosion that instantly killed several hundred, Union soldiers advanced in a frontal assault that ultimately sucked nearly 15,000 Federals into the confined crater fighting. Confederate forces counterattacked and held the blue onslaught in vicious hand-to-hand combat that claimed 4,000 Union and 1,500 Confederate casualties in a single afternoon.
Toning to print, few minor spots. Some wear to mount, including crease/partial separation in top right corner. Loss to lower right corner of mount, and minor loss to top left corner.
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