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Federal guns in the grand review before the capitol, May 24, 1865: artillery Brigade in the grand review It was the artillery that defended Washington, as told in Chapter I of this volume. It was “heavy” artillery turned into infantry which sustained the greatest loss in battle — the First Maine and Eighth New York. On every hard-fought open field, it was the artillery that put heart into the infantry, supporting the charge or covering the retreat. No wonder a roar of applause went up on that sunny day in May, while the caissons clanked down Pennsylvania Avenue, and made the cannon rumble again in their bronze and iron throats.

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