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And a host of lesser lights who became captains, majors, colonels, and even brigadier-generals.

The impression prevailed at the out-break of the Civil War (and prevails now to considerable extent) that volunteers were no match for ‘regulars’ in battle, but this fight dispelled that illusion, as on this occasion the firing of the regular United States Battery was wild in the extreme, while that of the Confederate artillery was accurate and deadly, as attested by official reports of Federal officers engaged in this affair, and these guns were manned by young men, many of whom had never fired a cannon even in target practices.

Lieutenant John T. Greble, who commanded the ‘regular’ artillery, lost his life just as the engagement closed.


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