The battle of the Crater as I saw it.
On the night of the 29th of July, 1864, Wilcox
's old brigade of Alabamians, at that time commanded by J. C. C. Saunders
, which was one of the five brigades composing Mahone
's (formerly Anderson
's) division, was occupying the breastworks to the right of Petersburg
at a point known as the Wilcox farm
The division consisted at the time of Wilcox
's ‘old brigade’ of Alabamians; Wright
's Georgia brigade, Harris
's Virginia brigade and Perry
's Florida brigade (by whom commanded at the time I fail to remember). All was quiet in our immediate front, but an incessant and rapid firing was going on to our left and immediately in front of Petersburg
, where the main lines of the hostile armies were within eighty yards of each other.
There was a rumor that the Federals
were attempting to undermine our works and were keeping up this continuous fire to shield their operations.
The Confederate army had dug countermine in front of our works at several points, but failed to sink them sufficiently deep to intercept the enemy and thwart their efforts, as was subsequently proven.