Sawyer guns and mortars at the Crow’s Nest… and that interesting work detail

Recording activities for June 25, 1864, Brigadier-General Godfrey Weitzel, Chief Engineer for the Army of the James, wrote: June 25, batteries were laid out for one 6-inch Sawyer gun and two 10-inch mortars on the Crow’s Nest, right bank of James River, about 1,500 yards below the right of our line, and for one 100-pounderContinue reading “Sawyer guns and mortars at the Crow’s Nest… and that interesting work detail”

June 25, 1864: Sandbag day at Petersburg

Building field fortifications requires a lot of “consumable” materials.  Even in modern times, when the soldiers fortify a position, they tend to displace a lot of earth and use stockpiles of building materials.  One material that comes in high demand is the lowly sandbag.  In 1863, engineers on Morris Island recorded using over 46,000 sandbagsContinue reading “June 25, 1864: Sandbag day at Petersburg”

“With the greatest exertion…”: Engineers complete the approaches for the James River crossing

Picking up from yesterday’s post, let us turn again to the report of Brigadier-General Godfrey Weitzel, Chief Engineer, Army of the James, in regard to preparations made to cross the Army of the Potomac, 150 years ago.  For June 13, Weitzel indicated that his capable subordinate, Lieutenant Peter Michie, was at Fort Powhatan and engaged:Continue reading ““With the greatest exertion…”: Engineers complete the approaches for the James River crossing”