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Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 3., Chapter 2: Lee's invasion of Maryland and Pennsylvania. (search)
isurely reconnoitered Meade's position. testimony of officers of the College. his observations there determined him to aim his chief blow at Hancock's position on Cemetery Hill, and, giving the signal at one o'clock, one hundred and fifteen of his cannon opened a rapid cross fire upon the devoted point. Just behind it was Meade's Headquarters, where shot and shell made many a pit and furrow in the grounds around it, and endangered the life of every living thing connected with it. Samuel Wilkeson, then a correspondent of a New York journal, made the following record of the scene at Headquarters, of which he was an eye-witness: every size and form of shell known to British and to American gunnery, shrieked, whirled, moaned, and whistled, and wrathfully fluttered over our ground. As many as six in a second, constantly two in a second, bursting and screaming over and around Headquarters, made a very hell of fire that amazed the oldest officers. They burst in the yard (see picture