The Petersburg, Virginia, courthouse in 1865. From photographs of the main Eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865. Glass plate negative, right half of stereograph pair. Photographer unknown.
21 year old Alberta Martin married 81 year WIlliam Martin in 1921 and survived until 2004 making her the last surviving widow of a civil war veteran. She "had already been widowed with a son when she met William Martin, also a widower who had served with the 4th Alabama Infantry Regiment during the siege of Petersburg in 1864-65 and had a 50$-a-month pension. The two lived on the same road in Opp, Alabama and soon a marriage of convenience was born."
The “Dictator” was a 13 inch Sea Coast Mortar used by the Union forces in the siege of Petersburg, VA during the American Civil War. The Mortar could fire a 225 pound exploding shell up to 2 miles and took 14 pounds of black power. The siege of Petersburg lasted nine and one-half month from June 1864 - April 1865. The "Dictator" fired 218 rounds at Petersburg.