ectator, describe the guns that helped to save the day. They are not those rifled cannon, the objects of extravagant admiration of late, good for cool firing and long range; these are the true guns for a fight--12-pound howitzers (Napoleons), the old pattern, throwing round projectiles or heavy charges of grape and canister.
The simple and rapid discharging of these pieces makes terrible havoc in the opposing ranks.
In vain Johnston sends against this battery his best troops — those of South Carolina, the Hampton legion among others, in vain he rushes on it himself; nothing can shake the line!
Fighting officers of the first New York Light Artillery
Twenty-pound Parrott rifled guns of the first New York Light Artillery could be distinctly heard the roar of battle.
The fate of the day and of the Army of the Potomac rested upon these men at the end of the bridge.
The possibility of crossing was doubted by everyone, including the general himself.
The bridge had been built