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Approximately 200,000 African Americans fought for the Union during the Civil War. Initially, many white soldiers doubted their bravery and skill they were soon proved wrong. The United States Colored Troops performed countless acts of courage, most famously at the battle of Fort Wagner where the 54th Massachusetts marched forth and scaled the parapets, only to be driven back in fierce hand-to-hand combat. This title examines the journey of the African American from slave to soldier to free man, providing a fascinating insight into the impact that these brave men had on the war and how it influenced their lives thereafter.
Pike used by Union sailors in hand-to-hand combat when boarding Confederate warships Navigator s parallel ruler of the type used aboard Union warships Presentation case containing 1862 design of Navy Medal of Honor as awarded to Union sailors for conspicuous gallantry in battle. The medal was struck by Wm. Wilson & Son of Philadelphia, Pa U.S. Navy Model 1842 muzzle- There were few more violent hand-to-hand combats than when one ship boarded another, and there were some nasty weapons designed to be used in such actions. Among them was the boarding axe, of the type seen
The would-be attacker, seeing the difficulty of approaching these fortifications across an open field, could bombard the defences with various artillery pieces hoping to create a breach. But even if this succeeded, approaching the breach in safety would be virtually impossible because of the enfilading fire from the bastions and various detached outworks and forts. The besiegers would therefore 'lay down' a regular siege in the hope of starving the garrison into surrender. This was the tactic successfully employed by the New Model Army before Colchester in 1648.
Infantry were armed as either pikemen or musketeers. Since the late sixteenth century the key to victory on the battlefield had been seen as firepower, particularly infantry firepower, but close combat between opposing bodies of pike could still be decisive in a close-fought battle. It was particularly the case with inexperienced regiments where the musketeers lacked the training to make best use of their firepower. In this situation the best option was to employ courage and determination in close combat. Even when the musketeers were well trained, pikemen were essential for any body of infantry as musketeers could not survive in open country without pikemen to provide protection against attack by cavalry.
According to Zeko, the main battles would occur in the crucial Vitez-Busovaca area and would involve direct offensive action by the ABiH along three main axes of attack Kacuni-Busovaca-Kaonik-Vitez Zenica-Kuber (Lasva)-Kaonik-Vitez and Zenica-Preocica-Vitez. These attacks would be supplemented by forces attacking toward Vitez from Kruscica from the areas of Vranjska and Poculica toward Sivrino Selo and from the area of Han Bila through Stari Bila to cut the Travnik-Vitez road and complete the encirclement of HVO forces in the Vitez area. The main part of the ABiH forces carrying out this portion of the plan would come from Zenica, Kakanj, and Visoko. Having surrounded Vitez, the Muslim forces would then continue the attack until gaining full control of the town. In the event HVO forces were able to stall the advance on the Han Bila-Vitez axis, the attacker might divert his forces toward Gornja Gora and thereby enable the ABiH forces in Travnik to leave the town and advance toward...
The forces at Caesar's disposal were small, consisting of the greatly reduced but veteran Legio VI, along with the survivors of Domitius's army. These included a legion of Deiotarus's Galatians which had fled before contact, another raised in Pontus, and Legio XXXVI which, although composed of former Pompeians, had fought well. Though outnumbered, Caesar characteristically chose to advance on Pharnaces, stopping five miles away from the enemy camp outside the town of Zela. In the night Caesar suddenly marched out and began to build a new camp on the opposite side of a valley to the Pontic army. On the next morning, 2 August 47, Pharnaces drew up his army in battle order. However, because the ravine separating them was steep, offering very bad going to any attacker trying to climb it, Caesar thought that this was simply a gesture of confidence, of the type commonly made by armies in this period, and so allowed his men to continue constructing the camp. He was amazed when Pharnaces led...
One consideration that the designers had to incorporate in their plans was the possibility that the nature of the fort's armament would change at some future date. It was expected that guns would become bigger and heavier, and, while space needed to be made for these potential changes, the size of the embrasure the guns fired from needed to be kept as small as possible, to minimize the risk of a penetrating hit by an attacker. Joseph G. Totten, who became the Board's expert in casemate design, addressed this problem by designing small embrasures with apertures of less than four feet across. Eventually, he also designed heavy iron shutters, which were designed to minimize the risk of a penetrating hit while a gun was being reloaded. His casemate design also permitted the guns inside them to train to either side, permitting them to engage targets at angles of 30 on either side of their central firing position. Clearly, the greater the distance the guns could train round inside their...
Work were trained on the river, and not inland, and had already beaten off seven Federal naval attacks. Meanwhile, Hazen's division of the 15th Union Corps consisted of approximately 4,000 troops, which simply overran the defenses on December 13 and fought the Confederates hand-to-hand. Major George W. Anderson, Jr., commanding Fort McAllister, reported The fort was never surrendered, it was captured by overwhelming numbers. When artillery officer Captain Nicholas B. Clinch was called on to surrender during the assault, he responded with a thrust of his sword, and hand-to-hand combat continued, with Clinch going down only after having sustained three saber, six bayonet and two gunshot wounds. The capture of this fort sealed the fate of the city of Savannah, which was evacuated December 19-20, 1864.
Lee's troops did not have to wait very long. Grant's Union forces attacked Lee's defenses on May 8, and for the next several days the two sides repeatedly clashed together in deadly fighting. On May 12, the Union forces managed to break through the Confederate defenses at a point that came to be called Bloody Angle. But rebel troops rushed forward to close the breach (opening), and for eighteen solid hours the two sides struggled for control of the trenches. Their desperate rushes often ended in brutal hand-to-hand combat. By midnight, when the Confederate forces finally withdrew to newly built defenses to their rear, the trenches at Bloody Angle were piled with dead bodies. I never expect to be fully believed when I tell what I saw of
A Marine detachment of unknown size from Co E stationed at Savannah took part in the capture of the side-wheel steamer USS Water Witch on May 31. One of the Federal squadron operating in the waters below Savannah, the Water Witch was boarded from both sides, and a bloody hand-to-hand combat
Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (1828-1914). Chamberlain and his men of the Twentieth Maine Regiment had been ordered to keep a strategic position known as Little Round Top out of Confederate hands. Chamberlain's regiment stopped repeated attacks, only to run out of ammunition. In a desperate move, Chamberlain ordered a bayonet attack. His men rushed forward to engage in hand-to-hand combat with the enemy, using the sharp bayonets on the ends of their guns like swords. This tactic stunned his rebel foes and assured the North's continued posses
Men in the 1861 Confederate camps carried large Bowie knives, which they expected to use in fierce hand-to-hand combat. Instead they saw more use in knife-throwing matches such as this one. (Harper's Weekly) Men in the 1861 Confederate camps carried large Bowie knives, which they expected to use in fierce hand-to-hand combat. Instead they saw more use in knife-throwing matches such as this one. (Harper's Weekly)
In April 1862, Fort Jackson was an imposing structure. Work began on the star-shaped Third System fort in 1832 and construction dragged on for over two decades, as the swampy conditions of the Mississippi Delta posed considerable problems to the engineers. Designed by Simon Bernard, the fort was built on classical Vauban principles. A large bastion anchored each face of the fort, and the whole structure was surrounded by a moat. A tier of casemates formed a pentagon enclosing a central parade. In the center of this area a circular citadel provided space for barrack rooms, officers' quarters and stores, and provided a final line of defense. A water-filled moat separated the inner and outer works of the fort, and these extensive lines of revetments, covered ways and salients were further protected by a less carefully structured ditch, filled by the floodwaters of the Mississippi. The swampy terrain surrounding the fort made a land attack against it unlikely, but in any case the...
Recreation of a liner Ri le Zouave on campaign in IStil. His drawn Bowie knife is shaped like a sword at the hill. 11 could also be used as a first class 'knuckle duster in close combat. Sole the distinctive sniped trousers, ubiquitous red shirt and the unusual striped socks. beat s men were the only Zouave mill 'orth or South to wear such strange socks. (Photo Michael Thomas) Recreation of a liner Ri le Zouave on campaign in IStil. His drawn Bowie knife is shaped like a sword at the hill. 11 could also be used as a first class 'knuckle duster in close combat. Sole the distinctive sniped trousers, ubiquitous red shirt and the unusual striped socks. beat s men were the only Zouave mill 'orth or South to wear such strange socks. (Photo Michael Thomas)
The most direct and spontaneous response to an attack was to fight back. However, when the attacker held the upper hand, even if only temporarily, fighting back most likely would lead to disaster. If one's neighbors and community opposed disturbances of the peace and violation of property, one might rally these immediate allies. However, in most of Missouri during the Civil War, communities were usually divided and fought among themselves. One might appeal to outside authorities either guerrilla chieftains or Union military leadership who might be able to provide temporary aid but could not guarantee security. All these responses, relying upon self-help, enlisting community aid, or appealing to outside authority, shared an ideological basis a belief in natural justice. Terror was simply wrong, and should never be allowed to displace fair dealing and Christian forbearance. Such a sense of justice, basic to the social contract as Missourians conceived of it, was the most internalized...
There was very little use for field fortifications in the pitched battles of the Civil War (a few small earthwork defences were hastily constructed before some battles), so most of the operational history of fortifications is focused 011 defences built around towns, castles and country houses and the siegeworks built against them. Every place presented a different set of conditions demanding a range of responses from defenders and attackers alike. Some places were successful simply because they were so well fortified that they deterred any would-be attackers. London and Oxford, the respective capitals of the belligerents, were probably the best examples of this, although Oxford did experience being 'blocked-up' and besieged on two occasions. Throughout the war, the defences of London were never tested but this was more due to the failure of the Royalist armies to get within striking distance of the capital after 1642. The Royalists were aware of the extent of the fortifications and...
The capture of Badajoz, on the Portuguese frontier, stands out even in the orgy of violence as exceptionally bloody. Following Franco's directives, Yague turned west to take it, rather than leave a fortified town in Republican hands at his rear. Its city walls, the River Guadiana to its east, and the presence of about 6,000 militiamen and armed forces, with artillery and planes, made Badajoz a difficult target. On 14 August Legionaries launched a suicidally brave advance against defence artillery at one of the city gates, Trinidad, with exceptionally heavy losses. At the second try, survivors managed to fight through, and met other Legionaries who had forced an entry by other gates, inside the city. They pursued their opponents, killing many in hand-to-hand combat, and rounding up others, including some women, into the bullring.
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