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de from this direction. These pits, says Colonel Thomas in his Century article, referring to the trenches at this place, were different from any in our lines—a labyrinth of bomb-proofs and magazines, with passages between. How far towards Cemetery Ridge, that is to say, west of the Confederate works, did the Federal forces advance at any time during their four hours occupation of these works, is a question which naturally arises, and was asked several of the witnesses in the official investiians, this important fact has hitherto wholly escaped the attention of the men of this brigade. That there was gross mismanagement on the part of the Federals, in not so arranging and handling their troops as to place them in possession of Cemetery Ridge within a few minutes after the explosion of the mine, none can dispute. That the gallant South Carolinians of Elliott's brigade up to the date of the fall of their brave leader, General Stephen Elliott, and subsequently under the leadershi