Siege of Petersburg, Virginia Page5
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Ed Conner, TN
   

(5-1984) Petersburg National Battlefield Tour Stop-1: Confederate Battery 5
 
Entrance of Battery Number 5, the first Confederate earthwork in the Dimmock Line to fall to Union troops

(5-1984) Petersburg National Battlefield Tour Stop-1: Confederate Battery 5
 
A Confederate-manufacture 12-lb Napoleon located in Battery Number 5

        

 

(5-1984) Petersburg National Battlefield Tour Stop-1: Confederate Battery 5
 
10-lb Parrott Rifle located at Battery Number Five

(5-1984) Petersburg National Battlefield Tour Stop-1: Battery 5 Trail (The Dictator)
 
This 13" seacoast mortar occupies the location of the fabled "Dictator". Originally mounted on a special reinforced flatcar, it was moved by Union forces to this location. It's use in the Petersburg siege was limited to four months, being fired only 218 times by the 1st Connecticut Heavy Artillery.

Nobody knows what happened to the original "Dictator"; the mortar in the photo was moved to this location many years ago from Ft. Sumter, SC. The original "Dictator" was thought to have been located on the grounds of the Connecticut State Capital, but this has been discounted by experts.

The mortar in this photograph was removed from the Petersburg Battlefield in February, 2003, having been sent to the Mariners Museum in Newport News, VA for restoration. It will be returned as soon as possible, but a new carriage for the mortar is estimated at $30,000 which may slow it's return
 
Wartime view of the Dictator

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