When: Sat., Feb. 17, 10 a.m. 2018
About United States Colored Troops at the Battle of the Crater In early July, 1864, Major General Ambrose Burnside planned an attack to be led by a division within his IX Corps consisting of United States Colored Troops. The attack would follow the explosion of gunpowder beneath the Confederate earthworks just east of Petersburg. Due to interference by his superior, General George Meade, the black soldiers were the last to advance. These troops had a strong desire to be used in their own efforts to secure emancipation and to be considered citizens. The battle turned into a fiasco for the Union in what would become the most famous battle of the Petersburg Campaign.