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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The charge of the Crater. (search)
an uncontrollable terror, and human agency could not stop them. Such was the testimony of the Federal wounded of the terror and carnage of the battle! This correspondence estimated their loss at 5,000. The awful explosion. Captain George L. Killmer, of Marshall's Brigade, says: The awful explosion, when it came, confused our men more than it did the Confederates, except the few Confederates who were blown up. We were in a state of expectancy, awaiting orders, when suddenly the growed, the party dashed forward to the pit, and there found a great hole encircled by a wall made of the falling earth and debris. We struck the left flank of the breach and planted our flag there. Then after describing intervening events, Captain Killmer says: Pandemonium in the pit. In the pit pandemonium reigned. Men shot on the crest tumbled in upon the wounded, lying in torture at the bottom. The day was hot. Sulphurous gases escaped from the debris and there was no water at