Regtl. Staff Shiloh 2020
- Dec 9, 2017
- North Mississippi
Captain Andrew Hickenlooper, 5th Independent Battery, Ohio Light Artillery at Shiloh
Here is the real world of battle with the sights and sounds of death being delivered via of bronze tubes!
Captain Andrew Hickenlooper, 5th Ohio Light Artillery described the action in the Hornet’s Nest: “Quickly came the orders sharp and clear: ‘Shrapnel,’ ‘Two seconds,’ ‘One second,’ ‘canister.’ Then, as the enemy made preparations for their final dash, ‘double canister’ was delivered with such rapidity that the separate discharges blended into one continuous roar. Then the supporting infantry, rising from their recumbent position, sent forth a sheet of flame and leaden hail that elicited curses, shrieks, groans and shouts, all blended into an appalling cry. . . . Again and again, through long and trying hours, this dance of death went on, at frequent intervals, from 9 in the morning until 4 in the afternoon, thus gradually sapping the energies of these heroic men, who had borne the heat and burden of the fateful day with a courage unparalleled in the annals of the Civil War.”
(Andrew Hickenlooper, “The Battle of Shiloh,” Sketches of War History, vol. V, Wilmington, NC: Broadfoot Publishing Co., 1903, 420).
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