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The battle of the crater, July 30, 1864. Letter from Colonel McMaster. Columbia, S. C., February 25th, 1882. Mr. Editor,--I have observed reports of the above-named battle published in your Journal very imperfect and erroneous. I commanded Elliott's brigade that day, the line on which was the scene of the battle, and am presumed to know something about it. In justice to the brigade, I have thought of giving you a sketch of the services of the brigade on that occasion, but have bee
ng 23 commanders of regiments and two commanders of brigades.
These desperate trenches became the abode of the Seventeenth for the rest of the war.
Letter from Major J. C. Coit.
Cheraw, S. C., August 2, 1879. Colonel F. W. McMaster, Columbia, S. C.:
Dear Colonel,--Yours of the 29th ult. received.
In giving you an account of the part taken by the artillery under my command, and my observations of the conduct of the other troops engaged at the battle of the crater in front of Petersb