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    Wagner's shattered troops, retreating towards the main line, would act as a human shield for approaching Confederates.  Wagner's men helped the Confederates more than they harmed them.  Half a mile in front of the main line in an exposed position, the outnumbered Union soldiers broke after firing only one volley.  The Confederates were hot on their heels, forcing the riflemen behind the main breastworks to hold their fire for fear of hitting their comrades in the onrushing mass.  As a result, the last half mile of the Confederate charge, the distance that would ordinarily have exacted a fearful toll on the attackers, was largely uncontested.  Hit at full steam, the center of the Union line quickly splintered.  

  • Sorry, that's incorrect
    Answer:

    Wagner's shattered troops, retreating towards the main line, would act as a human shield for approaching Confederates.  Wagner's men helped the Confederates more than they harmed them.  Half a mile in front of the main line in an exposed position, the outnumbered Union soldiers broke after firing only one volley.  The Confederates were hot on their heels, forcing the riflemen behind the main breastworks to hold their fire for fear of hitting their comrades in the onrushing mass.  As a result, the last half mile of the Confederate charge, the distance that would ordinarily have exacted a fearful toll on the attackers, was largely uncontested.  Hit at full steam, the center of the Union line quickly splintered.  

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