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The Smoke of Battle

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One of the aspects of Civil War conflict, that must be seen to be believed: all those black powder weapons, letting loose... with their lingering effects, shrouding real-time developments on the battlefield. [Thanks to the 5th Ohio Lt Artillery re-enactors.]

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bciquvOROU     (Created by Robert Clements; posted on YouTube April 2nd, 2012)

 

 

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I attended a reenactment in northeast Oklahoma once, where the breeze blew the 'battle smoke' right into the crowd watching off to one side. You could say it was a pretty realistic teachable moment.

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Which helps explain the importance of elevated positions, sought out by generals... Not just to get an expanded view of the battlefield, but to see what was happening beyond the smoke.

 

And also helps to understand: the encouragement by officers, to riflemen on the line, to 'fire low.'

 

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