A Beautiful Glittering Lie
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What does 'earthwork' mean?

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

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A field fortification made out of dirt, such as a trench or a mound. Earthworks were used to protect soldiers from enemy fire during battles and sieges. They were also used to protect artillery batteries, and to slow advancing enemy armies. In my novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, the term "earthwork" is used as follows:

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General Johnston relocated the 4th Alabama to join with the main army south of the Rappahannock and moved it in the direction of Richmond. In early March, he learned that McClellan was encroaching, so he hastily transferred his troops from Centreville, leaving behind half-cooked food and property belonging to the Confederate army. He moved his men south of the Rappahannock, but not before leaving Quaker guns behind in empty earthworks to deter his rival. The “guns” were actually logs that had been cut and painted to resemble cannon snouts.

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Chapter 6: Chapter Six
"...the direction of Richmond. In early March, he learned that McClellan was encroaching, so he hastily transferred his troops from Centreville, leaving behind half-cooked food and property belonging to the Confederate army. He moved his men south of the Rappahannock, but not before leaving Quaker guns behind in empty earthworks to deter his rival. The “guns” were actually logs that had been cut and painted to resemble cannon snouts. ..."

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