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

Waiting Their Turn

Petersburg National Battlefield

 
 
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By Bernard Fisher, March 25, 2017
1. Waiting Their Turn Marker
Inscription. By 6:00 am on July 30, 1864 the trenches before you were filled with black Union soldiers waiting to enter the Battle of the Crater. Ahead of them in line were white Union troops struggling to advance because of Confederate fire and the confusion and crowding around the hole.

These black Union troops sat and listened as the fighting grew louder. Soon they were standing to make way for the wounded going to the rear. From flesh wounds to those close to death, many of the wounded, out of agony, “were moaning and bellowing like wild beasts,” recounted their commander Colonel Henry Thomas, “We stood there for over an hour with this endless procession of wounded men passing. There could be no greater strain on the nerves. Unable to strike a blow, we were sickened with the contemplation of revolting forms of death and mutilation.”

At 7:30 am, they were finally ordered forward.
 
Erected 2016 by National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 37° 13.021′ N, 77° 22.245′ W. Marker is in Petersburg, Virginia. Marker is on Siege Road 0.8 miles east of South Crater Road (Route 301), on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Petersburg VA 23803, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Waiting Their Turn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 25, 2017
2. Waiting Their Turn Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Fatal Error (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Prelude to the Crater (about 600 feet away); Dash into the Crater (approx. mile away); Joshua L. Chamberlain Promoted “On The Spot” (approx. 0.3 miles away); Digging the Mine (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ventilation Shaft (approx. 0.3 miles away); “A Stupendous Failure” (approx. 0.4 miles away); Confederate Counterattack (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Petersburg.
 
Also see . . .  Petersburg National Battlefield. National Park Service (Submitted on March 25, 2017.) 
 
Categories. African AmericansWar, US Civil
 
Waiting Their Turn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 25, 2017
3. Waiting Their Turn Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 86 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 25, 2017, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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