There may possibly have been, and I have no doubt but that there were, a few individual members of these Carolina
regiments who charged along with Mahone
's brigade, but if any organized body, or bodies of troops, made the charge along with the Virginians, 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
's brigade up to the date of the fall of their brave leader, General Stephen Elliott
, and subsequently under the leadership of Colonel F. W. McMaster
, did their full duty, as did other infantry, by their fire from the flanks, none will deny.
That the artillery occupying the forts to the right and left and stationed in rear of the Crater rendered most effective service is beyond question.
That the Alabama
brigade made the final successful charge has never been disputed.
But that the charge of the Virginia
brigade, commanded by General D. A. Weisiger
and directed by General William Mahone
, made a little before nine o'clock in the morning, did the substantial work that led to the recapture of the Crater and the adjacent earthworks, is a