ce depots all had to be used up, and they were scarcely exhausted until after the battle of Gettysburg.
They were, therfore, forbidden to fire over the heads of the infantry except with solid shot, and wherever they were tempted to disregard this order, the result was generally nearly as fatal to friend as foe. The position at Marye's Hill was fortunately an exception to this rule, as the features of the ground gave the infantry in front great protection; but, even here, an officer
Captain Fulkinson, of the Seventeenth Mississippi. lost his arm, and several other casualties occurred from premature explosions of our own shell.
The rifle guns were even worse than the smooth bores, for they carried no solid shot, and had no percussion shells or case shot, their only ammunition being time-fuze shell and canister.
Their shell were not only liable to burst prematurely, often in the gun,
It was supposed that this caused the explosion of the two thirty-pound Parrotts referred to ab