eserves were at hand, and the line of fortifications on the south had to be unmanned to meet the emergency.
So it fell to the lot of three brigades of Mahone's division to make the
Charge on the Crater.
We were required to drive back the Federal troops, who were then holding and within the very gates of the city of Petersburg.
It was startling news; but our soldiers faltered not, and moved off at quickstep for the seat of war.
Wright's Georgia Brigade, commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel M. R. Hall, and our Virginia brigade commanded by Colonel D. A. Weisiger, the latter numbering scarcely 800 muskets, constituted the first force detailed to dislodge the enemy, who held the broken lines with more than fifteen thousand men, and these were closely supported by an army of fifty-five thousand.
I remember that our regiment (the Sixty-first), which I commanded, did not exceed two hundred men, including officers and privates, and I am quite sure this was the strongest in the tw