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

What does 'litter' mean?

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

litter

A stretcher that was used to transport wounded soldiers. The men who were designated to carry the wounded off the battlefield were known as "litter bearers."

In my novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, the word "litter" is used as follows:

(Pages 79-80)
The men were requested to return to the field and gather the fallen. It wasn’t long before Hiram wished he had been assigned to a less gruesome task. All across the field, swarming flies swirled about strewn body parts, broken soldiers cried out in pain, and the wounded, both men and horses alike, writhed in agony as gathering buzzards slowly circled overhead. A white clapboard house that had been at the center of the commotion was now splattered with bullet holes, the wooden sideboards shattered from gunfire. Hiram passed his canteen from one thirsty casualty to the next until it was drained, and still they cried out for more. Finally, an ambulance arrived. Litter bearers carried off the wounded. Colonel Jones was discovered where he had fallen, and was transported to a nearby hospital at Orange Court House.

(Pages 174-175)
As soon as the men took their position, the Union soldiers opened fire. The Alabamians were forced to endure their bombardment unmercifully, since no other regiment appeared to support them. While they laid in wait, tolerating the shelling, General Johnston slowly rode up to them. He sat upon his mount, staring off at the advancing Union army. Suddenly, a piece of shell struck him in the shoulder, knocking him off his horse. As rapidly as he had fallen, a group of litter bearers besieged him, and carried him off the field.

(Page 266)
At the advent of dawn, shelling and skirmishing resumed. Hiram’s regiment was moved out into the open, near the edge of a wood. All fell eerily quiet while they waited for the command. Noticing two captains and an adjutant nearby, Bud decided to join in on their conversation, for he was curious to hear their plan of action. As he neared, a ball ricocheted, narrowly missed Hiram, and headed straight toward the threesome. Several men yelled out warnings, but one of the captains reacted too late. He was struck directly in the chest, his torso turned into a mass of jelly-like flesh as he collapsed in a heap. Before the litter bearers could deliver him to the field hospital, he was dead.

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Chapter 3: Chapter Three
"...littern were requested to return to the field and gather the fallen. It wasn’t long before Hiram wished he had been assigned to a less gruesome task. All across the field, swarming flies swirled about strewn body parts, broken soldiers cried out in pain, and the wounded, both men and ..."

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Chapter 7: Chapter Seven
"...lay in wait, tolerating the shelling, General Johnston slowly rode up to them. He sat upon his mount, staring off at the advancing Union army. Suddenly, a piece of shell struck him in the shoulder, knocking him off his horse. As rapidly as he had fallen, a group of litter bearers besieged him and carried him off the field. ..."
"...The two boys made their way out of town without being noticed. They reached the canoe as dusk was setting in, and rowed across the Tennessee River, surrounded by glittering fireflies. When they reached the other side, they tied it to the pole like before, and walked to the barn. Entering the dark structure, they looked inside the stalls. Their horses were gone. ..."

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Chapter 10: Chapter Ten
"...a ball ricocheted, narrowly missed Hiram, and headed straight toward the threesome. Several men yelled out warnings, but one of the captains reacted too late. He was struck directly in the chest, his torso turned into a mass of jellylike flesh as he collapsed in a heap. Before the litter bearers could deliver him to the field hospital, he was dead. ..."

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