A Beautiful Glittering Lie
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What does 'battery' mean?

Find out what battery means. Battery is explained by J D R Hawkins - author of A Beautiful Glittering Lie

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The unit of soldiers in an artillery regiment - similar to a company in an infantry regiment. A battery during the Civil War consisted of 6 cannon, all the equipment required to move them, such as horses or mules, limbers, and wagons, the ammunition, 155 men, one captain, thirty officers, two buglers, 52 drivers, and 70 cannoneers. A battery also referred to the position on a battlefield where the cannon was located. In my novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, the word "battery" is used as follows:

(Page 34)
As the regiment moved left, an artillery battery cut through their ranks. Bee and his army veered right, while the rest of the regiment moved forward into the woods.

(Pages 67-68)
Early the following morning, the Alabamians traveled eight miles to the beat of their drums toward Seven Pines and their foe. The Stars and Bars, St. Andrews Cross, the regimental colors, and the Bonnie Blue Flag all flew gallantly above the advancing Confederates. Once they arrived, they saw that the Union army had been driven out, for all that remained were their empty tents. Throughout the course of the day, the 4th was maneuvered to different locations, but still didn’t see any fighting. By evening, they had been placed on the Richmond and York River railroad tracks. The empty camp was in a patch of woods to their left, and an active Union battery was in front of them.

(Page 99)
Bud and Hiram’s comrade, William Caldwell, spoke up. “Go back, Captain, to your battery! This is the ole Fourth Alabama!”

(Page 99)
The officer smiled. “Thank God! I am safe!” He wheeled his horse and flew back down the hill to his battery.

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Chapter 3: Chapter Three
132.
"... he stands like a stone wall! Rally behind the Virginians!” As the regiment moved left, an artillery battery cut through their ranks. Bee and his army veered right, while the rest of the regiment moved forward into the woods. Mayhem prevailed. The men were unable to distinguish friend from ..."

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Chapter 7: Chapter Seven
"...Throughout the course of the day, the 4th was maneuvered to different locations, but still didn’t see any fighting. By evening, they had been placed on the Richmond and York River railroad tracks. The empty camp was in a patch of woods to their left, and an active Union battery was in front of them. ..."

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Chapter 10: Chapter Ten
133.
"... “Don’t come up here unless you will promise to support me!” he exclaimed. Bud and Hiram’s comrade, William Caldwell, spoke up. “Go back, Captain, to your battery! This is the ole Fourth Alabama!” The officer smiled. “Thank God! I am safe!” He wheeled his horse and flew back ..."
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"... spoke up. “Go back, Captain, to your battery! This is the ole Fourth Alabama!” The officer smiled. “Thank God! I am safe!” He wheeled his horse and flew back down the hill to his battery. The Alabamians ran behind the hill, dropping down as Company D was sent to the front. ..."

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