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[22] idea of what was being done in and around Petersburg. The news of the battle of the Crater reached us in due season. The Federals humorously said it had failed because, though the Confederates were indeed blown up, they came down in the position of ‘charge bayonets.’ Of course, false reports would be circulated that Petersburg had fallen, but when these died away it was seen to our great relief that the ‘thin gray line’ still stood a line of fire between the city and the enemy.

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