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    Petersburg

    National Battlefield Virginia

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Winter Hut

Winter 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.


Worm

Worm

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?

Lesser Siren

Hatcher's Run beaver pond in Petersburg's Five Fork's Unit is home to two unusual amphibians. The Amphiuma (Amphiuma means) can grow up to 3.25 feet and live almost 30 years. The Lesser Siren (Siren intermedia) is the most primitive salamander still in existence.