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 Posted: Sat Feb 13th, 2010 10:23 pm
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j harold 587

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The union position at Gettysburg was a triangle, the term fishook was not heard untill the 1900s. The military training of the time taught that a commander would hit both legs of the triangle to pull reserves away from the center. Then a strike at the center would result in a break through. This is the same reason Napoleon struck Wellington's center at Waterloo. The federal commanders were anticipating such a move. At least one unit commander who's troops were issued smoothbores had ordered his men to double charge their cartridges. That involved breaking open cartridges and discarding the powder charge from one and putting the three buckshot and ball from that one in a cartdidge with powder. This unit was near the highwater mark.      

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