brigade rose at a right-shoulder shift, and moved forward in perfect alignment—slowly at first, until we came in sight of the enemy and received his first fire, and then with a dash to the works.
For a moment or two the enemy overshot us and did no damage, but as we reached the works many were struck down and the gaps were apparent, but the alignment remained perfect.
It was as handsome a charge as was ever made on any field, and could not have been excelled by the Guard at Waterloo, under Ney.
On reaching the works the real fight began.
Our men poured over into the Crater, and the ring of steel and bayonet in handto-hand fight began.
Men were brained by butts of guns, and run through with bayonets.
This melee kept up for at least fifteen minutes, the enemy fighting with desperation because they were impressed with the idea that no quarter would be given.
The credit of capturing the Crater and all its contents belongs to Morgan Smith Cleveland, then Adjutant of the 8th Alaba