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Petersburg, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Monotonous Toil

 
 
Monotonous Toil Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
1. Monotonous Toil Marker
Inscription. “The romance of a soldier’s life disappears in a siege. The change of scenery and the lively marches are gone, and the same monotonous unvaried rounds of toil take their place. Sunday and weekday are all alike.”
T.M. Blythe 50th N.Y. Engineers

This quiet wood was once a busy encampment. Here, during the winter of 1864-65, Union soldiers fought not Confederates, but boredom and toil. They drilled, they primped their huts, they read mail and newspapers, they played, and they waited – for their turn in the trenches (a dangerous assignment) or the call to battle.

That call to battle came only three times to the Pennsylvanians camped near here. On one of these – the morning of March 25, 1865 – they rushed from these camps to resist the Confederate breakthrough at Fort Stedman, one mile to the west (to your left).
 
Erected by Petersburg National Battlefield - National Park Service - Dept. of the Interior.
 
Location. 37° 13.954′ N, 77° 21.27′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is on Siege Road, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in Petersburg National Battlefield. It is located at Tour Stop 3. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Battery 9 Markers image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
2. Battery 9 Markers
There are severals markers at Tour Stop 3 in Petersburg National Battlefield.
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Prince George Court House Road (a few steps from this marker); Infantry Earthworks (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Colored Troops (a few steps from this marker); “A Splendid Charge” (a few steps from this marker); Battery 8 of the Dimmock Line (approx. 0.3 miles away); Dividing Point (approx. half a mile away); Confederate Battery 6 (approx. 0.7 miles away); Jordon Family Cemetery (approx. ¾ mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Petersburg.
 
More about this marker. The background of the marker is a winter encampment of the Union IX Corps.
 
Also see . . .
1. Petersburg National Battlefield. National Park Service. (Submitted on April 13, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. The Siege of Petersburg. (Submitted on April 13, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Soldier Hut image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
3. Soldier Hut
Union IX Corps spent the winter of 1864-65 at this location. This hut, similar to those used during the winter encampment, is located near the marker.
Interior of Soldier Hut image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
4. Interior of Soldier Hut
Soldiers of the Union IX Corps spent the winter in huts like this one.
Encampment Fortifications image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 23, 2007
5. Encampment Fortifications
The area near the marker has several examples of fortifications and camp life.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 901 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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