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.
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Slaves who entered Union lines and came to City Point, Virginia (present day Hopewell) during the Siege of Petersburg, were typically employed unloading ships and working in the hospitals. (Petersburg National Battlefield)