Skip to main content

Civil War Trust

Part 4 - Artillery

The Battle for Harmony Mills

Artillery Header 2

You watch as the infantry rushes forward in march column.  “That’s a mistake,” you think to yourself.  “That’s a big, fat target for the enemy guns.”  Sure enough, the next salvo plunges through the tightly-packed ranks and does much destruction.  The infantrymen slow down to look for cover and help their wounded comrades. 

“We’re running low on ammunition, Cap’n!”  Bill’s voice is hoarse and insistent.  The glint from a spyglass flashes in your eye.  The enemy artillery Captain is measuring the range to your position.  You will very quickly become a target. 

“You see that, Cap’n?  They’re comin’ this way!”  Your men look up to you nervously.  Smoke stings your nostrils.

“We’ve only got solid shot and explosive shell left, Cap’n.  We’ve got to do something!”

A.    “Use the explosives.”
B.    “Give them some solid shot.”

Hint: Explosive shells would explode in the air, scattering shrapnel over the target area.  They did the most damage to enemy personnel and morale.  Solid shot was solid and accurate—it would be most effective at targeting enemy equipment.

Our Sponsors

Powered by Blackbaud
nonprofit software