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 Posted: Sat Sep 27th, 2008 12:41 am
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Okay, okay, Clewell, so I guess I should lay off the strong cold medicine when I post, because I forget the absolute obvious. Lately, this cold of mine has felt an awful lot like the action the 153rd faced on East Cemetery Hill, although hopefully a lot less deadly!

I kind of like the "darkness" qualifier, though I hadn't been thinking of that when I first posted. Like Ole said, there were lots of those 2 a.m. wake-ups to march, and then those attacks that started late and went on till after dark. "Under the cover of darkness" sounds like a good way to sneak up on a position, but a truly desperate and dangerous thing to fight in.

And of course, darkness was always a good cover to slip away into, which was used by both the Union and Confederates. It's funny, though, because I would tend to think that slipping away in the night is a sort of. . . wimpy thing to do, but it seems that it was viewed as a tactic, not a cop-out. It makes sense, if you think about it.


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