Winter HutWinter Huts
As the Siege of Petersburg extended into the months of November and December 1864, soldiers from both armies began to build winter huts like the ones pictured above. They would place a mixture of mud and water between logs to build a warmer place to sleep. The chimneys of some of the better constructed cabins could be taken from nearby abandoned houses.
The worm, an iron implement shaped like a double corkscrew was attached to the end of a stave and used to withdraw unfired cartridges, rags, or other debris from inside the bore of the cannon.
Did You Know?
Union Brevet Brigadier General Frederick Winthrop was Massachusetts Bay Colony Governor John Winthrop's sixth great-grandson. Winthrop was mortally wounded at the Battle of Five Forks on April 1, 1865. (Petersburg National Battlefield)