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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 13: invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania-operations before Petersburg and in the Shenandoah Valley. (search)
paration, under the immediate supervision of Lieutenant-Colonel Henry Pleasants, of the Forty-eighth Pennsylvania, of Burnsih indifferent tools and a great lack of proper materials, Pleasants began the task on the 25th of June, and on the 23d of July 400 in number, under the special direction of Lieutenant-Colonel Pleasants. The excavation was made through soft earth focident postponed that event until almost five o'clock, Pleasants lighted the fuse at a quarter past three o'clock, and wai when Lieutenant Jacob Douty and Sergeant Henry Reese, of Pleasants's regiment, volunteered to go in and examine into the cauxteen minutes before five o'clock the mine exploded. See Pleasants's Report. when the fort, its guns, caissons, and other muthe magazines which composed the mine. It is copied from Pleasants's Report. twenty-five to thirty feet in depth. The Natiorm occurred until long after the explosion; Lieutenant-Colonel Pleasants, in his report, made on the 2d of August, says: