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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The charge of the Crater. (search)
e followed by the command fall in and hurried roll calls. A large part of General Lee's army were on the north side of the James river, no reserves were at hand, of gallantry exhibited on this field, which I shall not stop to detail, for General Lee said: All who charged from that vale crowned themselves heroes, and they needer shift. I was also instructed by General Saunders to inform the men that General Lee had notified him that there were no other troops at hand to recapture the wold be formed again and renew the assault, and that if it was necessary, he (General Lee) would lead them. As a matter of fact, a large portion of the army was on tailureā€”of the great plan that was expected to scatter or destroy the army of General Lee. A large number of the wounded are officers who participated in the assaultel the ground, as they found it. General Pendleton, Chief of Artillery of General Lee's army, was standing near, and paid a high compliment to Mahone's foresight.