Achievements and traditions of the Army by United States. Army Field Forces

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They blasted the charge at close range„ In face of all that General Armistead led his Confederate brigade right into the gun positions. Cushing'e Battery A of the Hh U. ards. kept the one gun going, Louisiana Tigers pushed up East Cemetery Hill, grabbed one of the Union cannons and turned it around. Captain Gushing's artillerymen fought back at the Tigers with revolvers, bayonets, shovels, hand-spikes, pick axes, and stoneso Armistead got through the Union positions on the hill, but he fell there mortally wounded.

The Confederates met them near Manassas Junction, along Bull Run Creek. The result was confusion piled upon confusion as two ill^trained, ill-disciplined armies locked in fierce combat. Defeat would come to whichever side ran first. At first it seemed that Federal troops had the upper hand, but after the exhaustion of ten hours of fighting, Southern reinforcements arrived to turn the deci sion,. Only a battalion of regular infantry == detachments from the 2d, Jd, and 8th Infantry Eegiments — stood its ground and protected" the retreat , 2.

Own words. To the tune of "Listen to the Mocking Bird," they sang 'listen to the Parrott Shells," and "Listen to the Minnie Balls," In "quiet" times men would amuse themselves at euchre or seven-up. A shell burst right over a game one afternoon, but hurt no one; one partner said, "Johnny passes," and the game went on,, During June Federal soldiers started digging a trench toward one of the Confederate forts,, But the Confederates saw what they were up to and got the range on them. Then the Yankees got a car filled with cotton bales-and pushed it along in front of them.

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