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Fitzhugh Lee, General Lee, Chapter 14: siege of Petersburg. (search)
tion on the Jerusalem plank road and from their works opposite the Hare House. Pleasants deserves great credit for his perseverance. Burnside, his corps, and Potter, his division commander, of the officers of high rank, alone encouraged his efforts. On July 23d the mine was ready for the powder; for forty workmen, even with uld be to marshal bees into line after upsetting the hive, or to hold dress parade in front of a charging enemy, wrote a Federal officer. Griffin's brigade of Potter's division was advanced, but, meeting a severe fire, fell back in the crater. Every organization melted away, as soon as it entered this hole in the ground, into a mass of human beings clinging to the almost perpendicular sides. The other brigade of Potter's division now advanced, but got no farther than the abandoned traverses and intrenchments; and then Wilcox, with the third and last division of Burnside's white troops, started forward. The crater was filled with men at this time, th