2-3-21 The Sounds of Fire

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This Federal Major General did not find the sounds made by field artillery especially interesting. But he confessed to intimates that to him, sounds of naval gunfire were a source of positive pleasure.

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Major General Lewis Wallace

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Curiosities of the Civil War: Strange Stories, Infamous Characters and Bizarre Events / by Webb Garrison, page 31

 

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This Federal Major General did not find the sounds made by field artillery especially interesting. But he confessed to intimates that to him, sounds of naval gunfire were a source of positive pleasure.

credit: @Dave DuBrucq
Major General Lewis Wallace, (1827-1905). Wallace was testifying about the importance of Naval gunfire on February 15, 1862, during the siege of Fort Donelson. He said, in part, "While my Division was engaged, the guns of the Fleet opened fire again. I recollect yet the positive pleasure the sounds gave me."
Source: Fort Henry and Fort Donelson Campaigns: February 1862. (Fort Leavenworth, KS: General Service Schools Press, 1923), p. 769.
 
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