trenches, and, under cover of this fire, a combined movement of the forces of Mahone
was prepared, ordered by Generals Lee
and Beauregard. Saunders
's brigade of Mahone
's division, with the 61st North Carolina, of Hoke
's division, and the 17th South Carolina, of Johnson
's division, moved on the left and rear of the crater, under General Mahone
; and the 23d and part of the 22d South Carolina on the right, under General Johnson
But before this last charge the Federals
, thoroughly demoralized under the cross-fires of our artillery and musketry, were running the dread gauntlet back to their intrenchments, so that this last attack met with but little resistance.
The fact is that the crater and lines were so rapidly emptied of Federals, at the last moment of the charge, that the Confederate batteries slackened their fire, and only thirty men, with three stands of colors, were captured.2
The total Confederate loss was 1172.
's division (of which 2500 were engaged about the crater), including Colquitt
's brigade, temporarily attached to it, bore of this loss 922—66 officers, 856 men—the share of Elliott
's brigade therein amounting to 672 in killed, wounded, and missing.
A few of these were prisoners, captured during the fight in the trenches, and, of the others, about 256 figured among the victims of the explosion, inclusive of 22 men belonging to Pegram
's division lost 250 men—killed, wounded, and missing— out of about 1500.
The Federal loss is reported, by Mr. Swinton
, at about 4000 men; by General Meade
, at 4400 killed, wounded, and missing, 246 prisoners, 2 colors, and 2 guns; and by General Badeau
, at 4400.
In our opinion the enemy must have lost more than 5000 men.
Thus came to an end this transcendent scheme for the capture of Petersburg
, ‘planned with consummate skill’—says General Badeau
—‘and every contingency cared for in advance.
With the enemy drawn up in force to the north bank; the National
troops brought rapidly back, the Army of the Potomac and the Eighteenth corps massed in rear of the mine; artillery prepared to cover the approach; the mine itself a success—there was every reason to anticipate a brilliant conclusion to the operation.’