A Beautiful Glittering Lie
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What does 'breastworks' mean?

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

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Breastworks were earthworks or fortifications that were dug, and the dirt was piled up to breast height to protect soldiers during battle. The Civil War was the first war to use fortifications and trench warfare.

In my novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, the term "breastworks" is used as follows:

(Page 170)
McClellan’s army occupied Yorktown. Hiram’s regiment was bivouacked among George Washington’s old breastworks, which were still plainly visible. Many expressed pride in fighting for their liberty, just as the patriots of the Revolution had done. Because they were without utensils, the men resorted to cooking “Indian style” by placing dough on peeled hickory bark and setting it over their campfires to bake bread, or skewing their food on sticks and holding it over the open flames. They managed to acquire a good amount of oysters, which they relished with delight. The regimental pets had dwindled down to only a few dogs. Mysteriously, the chickens had disappeared, although Hiram and Bud knew they had all been eaten. The goat, it was discovered, had developed an appetite for kepis. He too vanished soon after, most likely into a stew.

(Pages 196-197)
The Confederates jumped into the Union breastworks, stampeding like cattle. In response, the Federals broke and ran as the Alabamians thundered up the ascent to the second line of defense. The Yankees from the first line swept through the second, and all turned tail. The Rebels kept shrieking, cursing, and running in pursuit. They attacked the third line that waited at the top of the hill. The Union soldiers panicked, and fell back, retreating at a run to avoid the charging Confederates, who fired a successful volley into the fleeing enemy. Before the Federals could remove their artillery pieces, the Rebels captured fourteen of them. As the Alabamians watched their enemies escape, their voices rose up in triumphant cheers, which spread through the ranks.

(Page 269)
He staggered toward his company. Sinking down onto his knees, he burst into uncontrollable sobs. Enoch Campbell came to his aid, and assisted him back behind the breastworks.

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Chapter 7: Chapter Seven
"...McClellan’s army occupied Yorktown. Hiram’s regiment was bivouacked among George Washington’s old breastworks, which were still plainly visible. Many expressed pride in fighting for their liberty, just as the patriots of the Revolution had done. Because they were without utensils, the men resorted to cooking “Indian style” by placing dough on peeled hickory bark and setting it over their campfires to bake ..."

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Chapter 8: Chapter Eight
"...The Confederates jumped into the Union breastworks, stampeding like cattle. In response, the Federals broke and ran as the Alabamians thundered up the ascent to the second line of defense. The Yankees from the first line swept through the second, and all turned tail. The Rebels kept shrieking, cursing, and running in pursuit. They attacked the ..."

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Chapter 10: Chapter Ten
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"... wretched in convulsive vomiting until his stomach was empty. He staggered toward his company. Sinking down onto his knees, he burst into uncontrollable sobs. Enoch Campbell came to his aid, and assisted him back behind the breastworks. As night fell, the men were instructed to entrench ..."

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