Total War: March to September 1864

Battle of the Crater

What did the Crater look like from the Confederate viewpoint?

The best description was made by Colonel E. P. Alexander, who had commanded the Confederate artillery at Gettysburg a year earlier.

“Into this crater the leading division literally swarmed, until it was packed about as full as it could hold, and what could not get in there, crowded into the adjacent trenches, which the falling earth had caused to be vacated for a short distance on each flank. But, considering the surprise, the novelty of the occasion and the terrific cannonade by 150 guns and mortars which was opened immediately, the coolness and self-possession of the entire brigade was remarkable, and to it is to be attributed the success of the defense.”


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