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The bayonet charge. --The Army and Navy Gazette, &c., of June 4th, gives the following practical suggestions on that subject. They may be found useful: "It is a general rule in the service of Her Majesty, as well as throughout the armies of Europe, that troops, before charging with the bayonet, should fire a volley, in order to throw confusion into the ranks of the enemy, as well as to cause a smoke for them to advance under. The advantage over the present system would be ten-fold were the rear rank alone to fire, the front rank remaining at the shoulder till the word to charge be given, and then firing from the hip as they crossed bayonets with the enemy. Such a fire could not but be most effectual; for it requires neither aim nor skill of any kind — in fact, nothing but a mere pressure on the trigger — to insure the result being most deadly, it being an impossibility that a bullet can miss when the rifle is not three feet from the enemy.--When the men fire, they would
sked for instructions.--As the resulting delay made the attack inexpedient, even if it had not been so before, by preventing the surprise — upon which success, in a great degree, depended — he was recalled. Skirmishing continued until the 4th of June, the enemy gradually extending his intrenched line towards the railroad at Ackworth. On the morning of the 5th, the army was formed, with its left at Lost mountain, its centre near Gilgath church, and its right near the railroad. On the 7th, tenant-General Polk, distinguished in every battle in which this army had fought, fell by a cannon shot at an advanced post. Major-General Loring succeeded to the command, which he held until the 7th of July with great efficiency. On the 4th of June, a letter from Governor Brown informed me that he had organized a division of infantry, and placed it under my orders. These troops, when ready for service, about the middle of the month, under Major-General G. W. Smith, were employed to defen
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