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

What does 'skirmish' mean?

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

skirmish

A minor fight.

In my novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, the term "skirmish is used in the following ways:

(Page 211)
The men were forced to tolerate heavy artillery fire and skirmishing until 4:00 p.m., when the fighting started in earnest. Hiram knelt to load his musket, stood, and fired on command with his comrades, who were positioned in a line. The veterans continued pouring shot and shell into their foe, some falling randomly to the ground as they were hit. He heard a gun go off behind him, and a man down the line from him fell dead. A group of soldiers behind him started yelling, creating a commotion.

(Page 213)
The day progressed in much the same way as the preceding one, and again at 4:00 p.m., the skirmishing amplified to heavy fighting, which involved troops close to the 4th. Because the regiment was located on an elevation, they were able to see the entire battle play out before them in panoramic view.

(Page 227)
The Confederates advanced into the trees, skirmishing with their enemies as they drove them out. Captain Scruggs, who fell wounded, was quickly replaced by Captain Robbins. Realizing that they were at an advantage, the Rebels shot down scores of Yankees while concealing themselves in the cover of trees, fighting savagely with extreme hunger and fatigue. Other regiments of their brigade, the Texans, South Carolinians, and Georgians, were out in the open on their left, and suffered because of it. As dawn began to lighten the sky, Hiram noticed a Union general riding around the field on a large white horse.

(Page 262)
At sunup, the North Alabamians awoke to hear Federal bands playing, and the Union army scuffling about while they moved, but couldn’t see anything, due to heavy fog. The 4th was marched back to their previous position, where they discovered brisk skirmishing and artillery fire taking place. Burnside had begun harassing the Confederates, but was unable to accomplish anything.

(Page 265)
The Alabamians ran behind the hill, dropping down as Company D was sent to the front. Immediately, they were engaged in heavy skirmishing. Bud and Hiram glanced over at each other, waiting in suspense for their line to be attacked. However, darkness soon fell, and the day’s fighting ended. Stray bullets flew over the hill sporadically. While the men lay sleeping, William Caldwell, who was on his back, suddenly rolled over, blood spewing from his mouth. As quickly as the men realized he had been hit, William died. They had little time to do anything but helplessly watch.

(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 8: Chapter Eight
"...The men were forced to tolerate heavy artillery fire and skirmishing until 4:00 p.m., when the fighting started in earnest. Hiram knelt to load his musket, stood, and fired on command with his comrades, who were positioned in a line. The veterans continued pouring shot and shell into their foe, some falling randomly to the ground as they were hit. ..."
"...The day progressed in much the same way as the preceding one, and again at 4:00 p.m., the skirmishing amplified to heavy fighting, which involved troops close to the Alabamians. Because the regiment was located on an elevation, they were able to see the entire battle play out before them in panoramic view. ..."

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Chapter 9: Chapter Nine
"...The Confederates advanced into the trees, skirmishing with their enemies as they drove them out. Captain Scruggs, who fell wounded, was quickly replaced by Captain Robbins. Realizing that they were at an advantage, the Rebels shot down scores of Yankees while concealing themselves in the cover of trees, fighting savagely despite their extreme hunger and fatigue. ..."

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Chapter 10: Chapter Ten
"...At sunup, the North Alabamians awoke to hear Federal bands playing, and the Union infantrymen scuffling about while they moved, but he couldn’t see anything, due to heavy fog. The 4th marched back to their previous position, where they discovered brisk skirmishing and artillery fire taking place. Burnside had begun harassing the Confederates but was unable to accomplish anything. ..."
"...The Alabamians ran behind the hill, dropping down as Company D was sent to the front. Immediately, they were engaged in heavy skirmishing. Bud and Hiram glanced over at each other, waiting in suspense for their line to be attacked. However, darkness soon fell, and the day’s fighting ended. Stray bullets flew over the hill sporadically. While the men lay sleeping, William Caldwell, who was on his back, suddenly rolled over, blood ..."
"...At the advent of dawn, shelling and skirmishing resumed. Hiram’s regiment 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. ..."

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