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Battery Rosecrans on Morris Island in August, 1863.

It was not the bursting of a gun in the works that caused the troops most concern, but the Confederate fire. Major Thomas B. Brooks describes dodging shells in the parallels on Morris Island in August, 1863: “The fire from Wagner, although inflicting much less real injury, up to this time, than the aggregate fire from the other batteries of the enemy, still gives far greater interruption to the working parties, on account of our nearness to the fort. ‘Cover — Johnson or Sumter,’ gives sufficient warning for those in the trenches to seek partial shelter, if the shell is seen to be coming toward them; but ‘Cover, Wagner,’ cannot be pronounced before the shell has exploded and done its work. At these cautionary words, I have often observed soldiers, particularly Negroes, fall flat on their faces, under the delusion that they were obtaining cover from mortar-shells exploding over them, when, in truth, their chances of being hit were much increased . . . On one occasion, a soldier was observed to place an empty powder-barrel over his head, to shield him from heavy shells.”

Burst gun in battery Rosecrans-life in the “parallels” on Morris Island in August, 1863.

The 100-Pounder Parrotts in battery Rosecrans


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