the vicissitudes of the following campaigns.
On the Gettysburg
field the artillery again contested with the Confederates
in probably the most stubborn fighting of the war. General Meade
had three hundred guns.
The Federal advance was at first gradually forced back to Cemetery Hill
, where General Doubleday
rallied his troops, and his artillery did excellent service in checking the foe. He relates that the first long line that came on from the west was swept away by the Federal
guns, which fired with very destructive effect.
On the second day, the angle at the peach orchard furnished opportunities for nearly every phase of an artillery combat.
“The power of the arm in concentration was well illustrated, the splendid devotion with which its destructive force was met and struggled against fixed our attention, and the skilful tactics by which its strength was husbanded for the decisive moment are especially to be praised.”
Two Pennsylvania batteries on Cemetery Hill
which had been captured by the Confederates
were recovered in a gallant manner.
The cannoneers, so summarily ousted, rallied and retook their guns by a vigorous attack with pistols, handspikes, rammers, stones, and even fence rails — the “Dutchmen” showing that they were in no way inferior to their “Yankee” comrades, who had been taunting them ever since Chancellorsville
After an hour's desperate fighting the Confederates
were driven out with heavy loss.
The Federal artillery from Little Round Top
to Cemetery Hill
blazed “like a volcano” on the third day of the fight.
Two hours after the firing opened, the chief of artillery
, with the approval of General Meade
, caused his guns to cease firing in order to replenish their ammunition supply.
This deceived the Confederates
, and Pickett
's famous charge was made.
No sooner was the advance begun than the Federal artillery belched forth all along the line, firing only at the approaching infantry.
The brave assailants advanced even to the muzzles of the guns, the mass gradually diminishing as it