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Creator

Lincoln Mint

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Creator Role

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Description

The medal's obverse design depicts a scene from the Battle of Petersburg Crater. In the scene, a group of approximately ten soldiers are pictured at battle with weapons raised. Three soldiers appear to be fighting at the base of the crater as the remaining soldiers storm over the crater's edge. On the reverse, Confederate and United States flags are pictured intersecting at the top of the medal. Several rifles appear behind the flags, and the image of an eagle is placed at the center of the intersection. At the medal's bottom, a decorative border lines the edge.

Contributor

Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams

Approximate Creation Date

1971

Measurement

1 3/8 inches (diameter)

Materials and Techniques Display

bronze

Inscription

obverse: BATTLE OF THE CRATER / JUNE 30, 1864 reverse: THE HISTORY OF THE CIVIL WAR / The crater formed when a / mine is exploded under Rebel / lines becomes a deathtrap as / Union troops pour into it / and are bombarded by / Lee's artillery.

Creation Location

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)

Work Type

commemorative medal

Class

Article

Rights

Copyright protected by Mississippi State University Libraries. Use of materials from this collection beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. Permission to publish or reproduce is required.

ID

3803.3

Current Location

Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)

Repository

Mississippi State University Libraries

Digital Publisher

Mississippi State University Libraries (electronic version).

Contact Information

For more information about the contents of this collection, email sp_coll@library.msstate.edu.

Battle of the Crater (from the History of the Civil War Medal Collection)

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