Heading down to Petersburg, Virginia later today for the 150th anniversary of the battle of the Crater. I will be on the battlefield at roughly 4:45 tomorrow morning to mark the initial explosion at Pegram’s Salient and the beginning of the battle. Throughout the day I will do my best to post pics and comments on twitter with the hashtag #Crater150.
In addition to the the battlefield I will be signing books at the visitor center and on Friday evening at 7pm I will give a talk on the battle and historical memory downtown at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. This is going to be an exciting week.
As you can see above the USPS will unveil two new stamps commemorating the war in 1864, one of which focuses on United States Colored Troops during the Petersburg Campaign. Hope to see some of you in Petersburg.