NEGRO RACE IN AMERICA.
hang suspended in the heavens like a huge indented
cone, the exploding powder still flashing out here
and there, while limbs and bodies of mutilated men,
and fragments of cannon and wood-work, could be
seen. Then all fell heavily to the ground again,
with a second report like thunder. When the
smoke and dust had cleared away, only an enormous
crater, thirty feet deep, sixty feet wide, and a hun¬
dred and fifty feet long, stretched out in front of the
Ninth Corps, where the Confederate fort had been."
At the moment of the explosion the Union bat¬
teries belched forth from one hundred and ten deadly
cannon and fifty mortars, and verily the earth
seemed to tremble from the shock.
The Plan was to follow the discharge of the bat¬
teries with a charge. Gen. Burnside had arranged
his Negro troops for the post of honor. A dispute
arose between him and Gen. Meade as to the wis¬
dom of this plan. The whole matter was referred
to Gen. Grant, who ordered lots to be drawn by the
different Generals as to " who should go into the
crater." The lot fell on Gen. Ledlie. Gen. Ledlie
accordingly endeavored to draw up his troops in-to
the mouth of the crater. The Tenth New Hamp¬
shire faltered and broke ranks. Generals Potter and
Wilcox marched their troops into the dreadful hole,
where they halted long enough for the Confederates
to make an attack.