Battle of the Crater (from the History of the Civil War Medal Collection)
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.
Justice Frank J. and Virginia Williams
Approximate Creation Date
1 3/8 inches (diameter)
Materials and Techniques Display
coins & medals
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.
Petersburg Crater, Battle of, Va., 1864; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
[Physical ID#]: [Title], Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana, Mississippi State University Libraries.
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Frank and Virginia Williams Collection of Lincolniana (Mississippi State, Mississippi, United States)
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