Here are three photographs of the Crater from the Petersburg Museum that did not make it into my book. The first was taken inside the mineshaft itself and is dated 1926, though it is difficult to estimate exactly where. Notice the sunlight that is coming in from above. I assume the photograph was taken close to the entrance. The second one shows a depression in the soil that follows the mineshaft up to the Crater itself, which is located by the cluster of trees just over the ridge line. It doesn’t look much different from today. It was taken sometime between 1926 and 1934. The final photograph, I believe, is from a point just west of the Crater looking northwest. The tree line is much fuller today and extends all the way to the Jerusalem Plank Road. It was taken in 1906. I would love to find a photograph of the battlefield in the 1920s that showed the actual golf course.
Three Crater Photographs
Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth
“Levin’s study is the first of its kind to blueprint and then debunk the mythology of enslaved African Americans who allegedly served voluntarily in behalf of the Confederacy.”–Journal of Southern History