A Beautiful Glittering Lie
One bullet can make a man a hero… or a casualty.

What does 'bayonet' mean?

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

bayonet

(pronounced bay-uh-net) A metal blade similar in appearance to a long knife or short sword that could be attached to the end of a musket or rifle-musket and used as a spear in hand-to-hand combat.

References in my novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie are as follows:

(Page 69)
Word reached the troops that on the 24th, a New York infantry regiment led by Colonel Elmer Ellsworth arrived in Alexandria. A large Southern flag had been displayed from the Marshall House Hotel, which was visible from Washington. The colonel attempted to remove it himself, but was shot in the chest with a double-barrel shotgun by the proprietor of the hotel, James W. Jackson, who in return was shot and bayoneted to death. Few members of the 4th Alabama expressed remorse for the loss of Ellsworth, especially since he had been a close friend of President Lincoln. In their opinion, it was only a shame that Jackson had been murdered for defending his rights.

(Page 78)
Jackson replied calmly, his blue eyes barely visible from beneath his forage cap, “Well, sir, we shall give them the bayonet.”

(Page 102)
The spectators stood along the curbside, watching as a detachment of forty soldiers from each of the eleven companies training at Camp Jones marched by in full uniform, complete with glistening bayonets and polished boots. Next came the hearse, decorated with white plumes and crepe, drawn by four white horses draped in black. The coffin lay inside, swathed with black cloth. On top of it was displayed a Confederate flag, the deceased’s sword, and wreaths of fresh flowers and evergreens. Pallbearers comprised of both citizens and soldiers walked on either side of the hearse while it made its way down the street. Behind it, an infantryman rode Old Battalion, who had come home with his master. Members of the 4th Alabama marched behind to a requiem that the band played in accompaniment, followed by the mayor and Huntsville aldermen. Next were the colonel’s relatives, who rode in a black carriage, and various citizens in vehicles and on foot, trailing behind in a long succession.

(Page 222)
After struggling through a fourteen-mile march, the Alabamians arrived between three and four o’clock that afternoon, exhausted from their strenuous excursion over the mountain. The 4th was immediately put into action, commanded to attack the enemy to the left of the road with fixed bayonets. They were then ordered to their right. The men charged through an apple orchard over-laden with fruit. Starving, yet unable to pick any because time wouldn’t allow it, they forged ahead with the Texans and the rest of Colonel Law’s 3rd Brigade. Night fell before they could reach their opponents, so they positioned themselves in a sunken road for protection. The enemy continued firing into laurel trees standing several yards away, but to no avail, for the pelting of their bullets whacked into the trunks. At one point, Colonel McLemore climbed up on a nearby wooden rail fence to reconnoiter, but he was hit in the shoulder.

(Page 262)
The fog remained heavy until ten o’clock, when it lifted to reveal a wave of bluecoats moving across the open field. The Rebels watched the spectacle in awe. Tens of thousands of Yankees moved like a slithering blue serpent, sparkling with silver from sunlight glinting off their bayonets.

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Chapter 3: Chapter Three
"...A large Southern flag had been displayed from the Marshall House Hotel, which was visible from Washington. The colonel attempted to remove it himself, but was shot in the chest with a double-barrel shotgun by the proprietor of the hotel, James W. Jackson, who in return was shot and bayoneted to death. Few members of the 4th Alabama expressed remorse for the loss of Ellsworth, especially since he had been a close friend of President Lincoln. In their opinion, it was only a shame that Jackson had been murdered for defending his rights. ..."
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"... Hiram overheard Bee address Jackson. “General, they’re pushin’ us back!” Jackson replied calmly, his blue eyes barely visible from beneath his forage cap, “Well, sir, we shall give them the bayonet.” General Bee ordered his men to retreat to a nearby hill. The Rebels fell behind ..."

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Chapter 4: Chapter Four
"...The spectators stood along the curbside, watching as a detachment of forty soldiers from each of the eleven companies training at Camp Jones marched by in full uniform, complete with glistening bayonets and polished boots. Next came the glass hearse, decorated with white plumes and crepe, drawn by four white horses draped in black. The coffin lay inside, swathed with black cloth. On top of it was displayed a Confederate flag, the deceased’s sword, and wreaths of fresh flowers and evergreens. ..."

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Chapter 9: Chapter Nine
"...After struggling through a fourteen-mile march, the Alabamians arrived between three and four o’clock that afternoon, exhausted from their strenuous excursion over the mountain. The 4th was immediately put into action, commanded to attack the enemy to the left of the road with fixed bayonets. They were then ordered to their right. The men charged through an apple orchard overladen with fruit. Starving, yet unable to pick any because time wouldn’t allow for it, they forged ahead with the Texans and the rest of Colonel Law’s Third Brigade. Night fell before they could reach ..."

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Chapter 10: Chapter Ten
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"... The fog remained heavy until ten o’clock, when it lifted to reveal a wave of bluecoats moving across an open field. The Rebels watched the spectacle in awe. Tens of thousands of Yankees moved like a slithering blue serpent, sparkling with silver from sunlight glinting off their bayonets. ..."

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