general dismounted and ran forward and turned the screw himself to minimum
elevation so that the barrel pointed down into the ground. The small
crew feverishly worked to reload while Gibbon adjusted the screw and
just as they finished the Rebs came again and this time it was Gibbon
himself who ordered “FIRE!” The muzzle blazed and the canister balls
hit the ground and bounced up taking with them dirt and rocks and huge
splinters of wood from the fence rails into the faces of the oncoming
Texans and again Hood’s men fell back.
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