Solve the Mystery of the Disappearing Trees
When you visit Petersburg National Battlefield today, trees and green grass provide an image of a once beautiful place. This is not an accurate picture of the site where soldiers fought in trenches for nine-and-a-half months. Soldiers learned to live off of the land for protection and sometimes for food.
Print this page and complete the activities.
Example: Fraise - Soldiers cut down trees and sharpened the ends to create fraise. They placed the fraise in front of their trenches to offer better protection from approaching enemies.
Soldiers from both armies spent much of their time behind walls of earth up to ten feet high. Which artillery weapon would be more effective in attacking men behind the trenches? Refer to the pictionary and soldier life pages to define these weapons. Write down your answer and an explanation.
Would trees be an obstacle for the cannon or the mortars? Why or why not?