say that for scientific artillery work on the part of the besiegers it was not surpassed elsewhere in the conduct of the war. Twelve miles of trenches were constructed and armed with two hundred and eight light field-guns and twelve heavy siege-guns.
The total loss in guns for the Confederacy
during the series of operations was two hundred and sixty, of which one hundred and seventy-two were lost in the city of Vicksburg
, and eighty-eight during the preceding campaign.
Sixty-seven of these were siege-guns and the rest lighter field-pieces.
skilfully maneuvered his army, to encounter a check that caused a temporary halt in the Union
During the first day's fierce fighting at Chickamauga
, there were several interchanges of batteries — captures and recaptures.
At half-past 2 in the afternoon of September 19, 1863, the Confederates
made a determined assault on the Federal
's corps met with fearful loss from heavy artillery fire, six batteries opening with canister as the columns approached.
On they came relentlessly, but the stubborn courage of the Federal
troops, now reenforced, finally drove them back.
As darkness was approaching, General Thomas
, on the Union
left, while re-forming his lines, was fiercely attacked, and the assault was so determined that some confusion resulted, but the artillery again came to the rescue, and, after dark, the Confederates
were repulsed, and the first day's conflict ended as a drawn battle.
On the morning of the second day, the attack was made on the Federal
left by Polk
, but Thomas
had entrenched his men and batteries, and the tremendous efforts to dislodge him were repulsed by a storm of musketry and canister, and the attacks failed.
After the Federal
right was pushed off the field and the conflict raged around Thomas
on Horseshoe Ridge
, the artillerv of Thomas
' command created havoc in the ranks of the assaulting columns.
As the final attacks were made the ammunition was exhausted, and, in their turn, the infantry saved the artillery by receiving the foe with cold steel.