A Beautiful Glittering Lie
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What does 'Howitzer' mean?

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

Howitzer

A cannon that fired hollow projectiles and was usually shorter and lighter than its solid-shot cousins. A Howitzer's projectiles had a smaller powder charge.

The Howitzer is referred to in my book, A Beautiful Glittering Lie as follows:

(Pages 212-213)
Men of the 4th Alabama ran hunched over, and reached the cover of a hill, where the belching cannons had no effect. Seeing that they were being overtaken, the Yankees fell back, but not before some members of the 4th managed to wrestle a sponge staff from one of the artillery gunners and take his Howitzer. The Alabamians continued pressing the Federals until darkness prevented further pursuit.

(Page 213)
Colonel Law ordered his men to halt. He then positioned them across the pike, but at 1:00 a.m., General Hood, Law’s superior, ordered them to abandon their position, along with the captured Howitzer, and return to their original position. Through the course of the night, they obtained little sleep, because the loud banging of guns, roar of cannons, and tramp of infantrymen prevented it. By the time the sun rose on the morning of Saturday, August 30, all of the Rebel corps had reached the field, extending from Groveton across the pike to Bull Run below the Stone Bridge.

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Chapter 8: Chapter Eight
"...Howitzerng their pace, the men of the 4th Alabama ran hunched over, and reached the cover of a hill, where the belching cannons had no effect. Seeing that they were being overtaken, the Yankees fell back, but not before some members of the 4th managed to wrestle a sponge staff ..."
"...HowitzerLaw ordered his men to halt. He then positioned them across the pike, but at 1:00 a.m., General Hood, Law’s superior, ordered them to abandon their position, along with the captured Howitzer, and return to their original position. Through the course of the night, they obtained little sleep, because the ..."

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