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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Southern Historical Society Papers. (search)
al investigation made by the Federal government. Extracts from some of the testimony before the court of inquiry, held at the headquarters of General Hancock on the 1st of September, 1864, will give us some light upon this point: Brigadier-General S. G. Griffin, who commanded a brigade of Potter's division, on the stand: Ques.—Did your command go beyond the Crater? Ans.—It did. Ques.—About how far? Ans.—I should judge about two hundred yards. It might be more, or it might be ixed up and in confusion, and new troops, we had to come back. The witness is in error as to the number of the Confederates who rose up from the little ravine, as they were the men of the Virginia brigade, whose number was approximated by General Griffin, when he said: Five or six hundred men were all we could see. I did not see either the right or the left of the line. I saw the centre of the line as it appeared to me. It was a good line of battle. Of the condition of things in the Cra
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 2 (search)
us. General Couch, in his report, says: The enemy were now massing large columns on our front. At about 4:30 P. M., after an incessant cannonade, they boldly pushed forward a large column from their right in the open field to carry Griffin's position. The fire of the three batteries was concentrated upon them. Kingsbury's battery having been withdrawn for ammunition, was relieved by three guns of battery C, Rhode Island Artillery, and two guns (Allen's Fifth Massachusetts), under Captain Weeden. The attacking column kept on, continually reinforced, until within range of Griffin's Rifles, when it was stopped and formed line. From this time until 8 P. M. there was enacted one of the sublimest sights ever presented in war, resulting in a glorious victory to our arms. General Porter, clearly in mistake as to the date of the commencement of the attack, putting it certainly an hour too late, says: The same ominous silence which had preceded thee attack in force at G