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. To speak of other things more essential to our success and existence as a nation, what think you of our weapons? Are they all you could desire? What say you, Robins, of the artillery? You have called an incompetent authority for judgment upon such an important point, for as I am not an educated officer, I know but littleference, but our men prefer Whitworth's weapon. This was written long before Whitworth was patronized by the English Government. I agree with you entirely, Robins, said the Major, in regard to the ramrod; I think it should be abolished. Half the men you see walking about town with arms in slings have been hit while loading is also too heavy, and carries a large ball; though good for its time, it is now superseded by lighter and more accurate weapons. Take a seat, Adjutant, said Robins, as Lieutenant Nixon entered the tent. We have ,been speaking of the different kinds. of weapons, and by general consent it seems breechloaders are preferred; w
would have been fearful. How did it happen that our pieces were not up sooner, Robins? addressing an artillery officer. We were up in time,, but not called upon left us masters of this second field. Yes, it was a brilliant affair, said Robins. I was present, but our guns could not be brought into position. Considering lemnly foresworn for ever all fellowship or communion with them. I am sorry, Robins, the artillery had not fitting opportunities, for I am enthusiastic in their faas thought of in the whole South but artillery! artillery! That spirit, said Robins, was infused by the early exploits of the Washington Artillery Corps, Kemper's he front as nimbly as if they had not marched many miles that day. Yes, said Robins. I was then about a mile to the rear, and it being nearly dark, could not we number of guns and small arms captured, it would be difficult to say, remarked Robins, being referred to on that point. From the Brooke Turnpike to Meadow Bridge I