A Beautiful Glittering Lie
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What does 'canister' mean?

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

canister

A projectile that was shot from a cannon. It was filled with approximately 35 iron balls the size of marbles that scattered like the pellets of a shotgun.

In A Beautiful Glittering Lie, a "canister" is referred to as follows:

(Pages 213-214)
The Federals advanced a column of infantry out from the woods toward Jackson and his men, who lay in wait within a railroad cut. They retaliated by firing into them. The two opposing forces clashed in hand-to-hand combat until the Yankees finally retreated. Pope marched out one column after another, only to have each one repelled. Jackson’s men used all of their ammunition, so they had to fight off the advancing Union soldiers by hurling rocks. The 4th Alabama continued to observe, until they were called upon, along with General Longstreet’s men, to support Jackson. They rushed to his rescue, and the Yankees were finally forced to retreat, leaving their dead and dying on the field. All the while, artillery from both sides continued firing canister and grapeshot. Billowing smoke hung over the infantrymen as opposing sides shot at each other. Like the previous day, the Confederates again drove their enemies until nightfall prevented them.

(Page 263)
They came up from the town as though on parade, and appeared to be unstoppable, like they would keep going over and through the Confederate line. With grape, shell, and shot, the Rebel guns immediately began their deadly work, pouring a storm of lead into the advancing foe, and blew holes into the dark, solid columns that were filled in like water rushing around a fractured dam. The thunderous salvos of cannonade shook the ground, retorted by the Yankees’ counter-barrage. The men in gray let loose a blood-curdling Rebel yell, and fired a storm of lead canister into the faces of their enemies as they approached, which was enough to send the bluecoats reeling. They stumbled, taking cover behind the bank. A line of colorful Zouaves passed them, but could not withstand the Rebel onslaught either, and fell back in confusion.

(Pages 268-269)
Shells started flying at them, whistling and bursting all around. While they ran, shot and canister hit the ground, sending a torrent of dirt in their faces, and creating huge craters that they frantically zigzagged to avoid. The Confederates dashed up the hill, escaping the turmoil. Bud glanced back over his shoulder. He saw a shell fly straight at Hiram. It hit him. Hiram’s body exploded like a ripe tomato.

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Chapter 8: Chapter Eight
"...The 4th Alabama continued to observe until they were called upon, along with General Longstreet’s men, to support Jackson. They rushed to his rescue, and the Yankees were finally forced to retreat, leaving their dead and dying on the field. All the while, artillery from both sides continued firing canister and grapeshot. Billowing smoke hung over the infantrymen as opposing sides shot at each other. Like the previous day, the Confederates again drove their enemies, until nightfall hindered them. ..."

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Chapter 10: Chapter Ten
"...and they blew holes into the dark, solid columns, which were filled in like water rushing around a fractured dam. The thunderous salvos of cannonade shook the ground, retorted by the Yankees’ counter-barrage. The men in gray let loose a bloodcurdling Rebel yell and fired a storm of lead canister into the faces of their enemies as they approached, which was enough to send the bluecoats reeling. They stumbled, taking cover behind the bank. A line of colorful Zouaves passed them, but they could not withstand the Rebel onslaught either. They fell back in confusion. ..."
"...Shells started flying at them, whistling and bursting all around. While they ran, shot and canister hit the ground, sending a torrent of dirt in their faces, and creating huge craters that they frantically zigzagged to avoid. The Confederates dashed up the hill, escaping the turmoil. Bud glanced back over his shoulder. He saw a shell fly straight at Hiram. It hit him. Hiram’s body ..."

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