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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.37 (search)
ing with his fists in the trenches of the crater rather than those who gathered gold from orphan's hunger and widow's tears? Comrades, I speak now to demand simple justice at the hands of history for the men who saved Petersburg on the 30th day of July, 1864. The greatest general of the Federal army, its commanderin-chief, was gloomy over the results of his assault upon the Confederate position, which 8,000 pounds of gunpowder had destroyed in the glimmer of that morning. The great plan tou won other fields, and I do not claim for you greater honor than for any true Confederate soldier, but when a feat of arms so brilliant as the successful charge of the Crater by the three depleted brigades of Anderson's division on the 30th day of July, 1864, is brushed aside as a skirmish by those in whom justice is supposed to abide, I thought it was time for the participants to speak out in behalf of the great open-field charge, which challenges the world for a parallel. The English his
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.38 (search)
r that I survived the battle. The other was written on Yankee paper letter headed, U. S. Christian Commission, 500 H street, Washington, D. C., immediately after we had been withdrawn and returned to our former position, where times were easier, in which I gave her an account of the battle. I will also give some extracts from the Richmond Dispatch, giving an account of the part this brigade took in the capture of the Crater. The Petersburg correspondent of the Richmond Dispatch of July 30, 1864, after describing the charge made by the Virginia and Georgia brigades, says: About this time General Mahone having ordered up Saunders' Alabama brigade, sent it forward to recapture the rest of the works. Led by their gallant brigadier, they moved forward in splendid style, making one of the grandest charges of the war, and recapturing every vestige of our lost ground and our lost guns, and capturing thirty-five commissioned officers, including Brigadier-General Bartlett, commandi