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er, from its resemblance to the mouth of a volcano, Mahone's brigade was occupying the breastworks on the Willcox farm, immediately south of our city—say about a point which would be reached by a prolongation of Adams street. The site of the Crater, as is well known probably to all now present, is east of the Jerusalem plankroad and about half a mile southeast from Blandford Cemetery, being located a short distance beyond our city limits, in the county of Prince George, on the farm of Mr. T. R. Griffith. Some time during the night preceding the explosion, our brigade received orders to be ready to move at a moment's warning, which, of course, indicated that something was expected requiring a movement of the command. It was well understood that the enemy were mining somewhere on our line, but exactly at what point was not known. A counter-mine was made by the Confederates several hundred yards to the right of the Crater, near the point at which the Confederate breastworks cross