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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 33. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.38 (search)
s continued for about four hours. In that ditch, about one hundred feet in length, were buried seven hundred white and negro Federal soldiers. The dead were thrown in indiscriminately, three bodies deep. The dragon's teeth. As soon as the work was commenced I witnessed one of the grandest sights I ever saw. Where not a man could be seen a few minutes before, the two armies arose up out of the ground, and the face of the earth seemed to be peopled with men. It seemed an illustration of Cadmus sowing the dragon's teeth. Both sides came over their works, and meeting in the centre, mingled, chatted and exchanged courtesies as though they had not sought in desperate effort to take each other's lives but an hour before. During the truce I met General R. B. Potter, who commanded. as he informed me, a Michigan division in Burnside's corps. He was exceedingly polite and affable, and extended to me his canteen with an ivitation to sample the contents, which I did and found in it not