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The CornfieldThe 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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