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

What does 'rout' mean?

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

rout

A crushing defeat.

In my novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, the term "rout" is referenced as follows:

(Page 79)
The Yankees fled northeast toward Washington, and in their chaos, became more panic-stricken, until their escape became a rout. The 4th Alabama, however, could only observe from a distance, since their exhaustion captivated them.

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Chapter 3: Chapter Three
"...Soon, their situation drastically changed, as more drills and fatigue details were continually expected of them. The men were driven through a gauntlet of routines. Following reveille at 4:00 a.m., they were drilled as an entire regiment from 4:30 until 7:00 a.m., when they broke for breakfast. General inspection was at 8:00 a.m., and the company drill lasted from 9:00 until noon. After midday break, another drill session commenced, lasting from 2:30 until 5:30. ..."
"...Within a few weeks, the infantrymen became disenchanted with their new colonel, for he rigorously sent them through routine drills, and relentlessly imposed discipline that the North Alabamians found repetitious and boring. Anxious to fight the Yankees, they grew resentful of the monotony forced upon them, and they were concerned about the colonel’s lack of fighting experience while he had served in the Mexican War. The soldiers’ disgruntlement ..."
"...they were finally allowed to sleep, but only for two hours. At daylight, they resumed their march, continuing on through the day, from the Shenandoah through Ashby’s Gap across the Blue Ridge Mountains. Their uniforms were beginning to show signs of wear, in that shoes and wool coats had sprouted holes; kepis, forage caps, and Egyptian-style havelocks were beginning to fray; and rations were becoming sparse. ..."
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"... rivulets, but he said nothing. The Yankees fled northeast toward Washington, and in their chaos, became more panic-stricken, until their escape became a rout. The 4th Alabama, however, could only observe from a distance, since their exhaustion immobilized them. “Has anyone seen my cousin?” ..."
"...had driven over to witness the battle, bringing along their ladies, complete with picnic lunches, parasols, and fine carriages. However, when the Federals “skedaddled,” they almost killed the Washington elite. An artillery shell worsened the situation when it hit a wagon, clogging the road that had been their escape route. Congressman Healy was captured by the Confederates and taken prisoner. The Rebels were calling it the “Bull Run Races.” ..."

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Chapter 5: Chapter Five
"...routhe end of January, everybody was ready for spring. No one had received word from the troops, but David’s neighbors quelled his concern by stating that it was simply the weather interfering with mail delivery. He managed to make his way to Jake’s on a weekly basis, attempting to relieve ..."

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