John Batchelor, Murder, Eighty Five Percent discussed on John Batchelor


John batchelor this is the john batchelor show the murder is nonstop the violence the noise the gunshots through and through men do not survive got shot some shots in the civil war eighty five percent i believe is the the kia sixty five percent in the chest they amputate immediately because they don't or don't understand sepsis they don't have thermometers the battlefield is strewn with men who are dying slowly and they can't even been rescue them do this is all happening while the battles going on around them at the same time there are moments in the professors book that are unrelieved har as hood who has struck down that day as his division comes out of the woods and overwhelms bernie's division overwhelms the badly deployed third corps and now for winfield scott hancock who is my hero of the second day as howard was my hero the first day hancock's third corps arrives i hope i have this correct second corps arrives around six pm he sees that the battle is going very badly where does he deploy professor originally handcock second corps was to deploy along cemetery ridge right in the rear of cemetery hill they were to be the gatekeepers to the backyard of the union position as the third corps began to fall apart and disintegrate under these repeated hammerings from long street well the second corps was there on the spot and they were the people nearest so they get called upon for help and hancock sends off one entire division he has three divisions in his core sends off one entire division under john caldwell they go into the wheatfield and art decimated there then as the evening draws on and the confederates continue to gain ground and cock looks around him for other units to plug up these gaps and all he can see in the and the smoke is one lone regiment from his core the first minnesota is this all we've got he says and the answer is obviously yes i'm afraid so he says to the colonel colonel call of the first minnesota you see those flags pointing at the rebel colors take close flags colville doesn't bat an eye six that's in this one regiment throws itself pell mell and several orange on charging confederate brigades and so great as the surprise that they actually succeed in stopping the confederate attack so handcocks gamble pays off but at the cost of something like eighty percent casualties on the first minnesota it is now dark kness is falling and a note here of the confederate attack fails if i understand the maps and i follow your argument professor because the their left flank has dragged behind the assault and when the minnesota charged in there is so much smoke on the battlefield that you don't have a good sense of whether you're winning or losing and you get a sense of momentum that's why they fixed bayonets there's not time to load and fire load and fire because a man with abandoned is running at you so do i say correctly that the left side of the wilcox lang attack lags behind what is this right he doesn't catch up and that's why they break off that night they were actually coming in and staggered fashion wilcox lying then right and what really stymied the confederates wouldn't made failure was that right then expects the next units to his left to support him and they do not that is one of the great failures of the confederate army on the second day of the battle the controversy this night is that meade's headquarters the armies have retired to their two sides they'll fight again in the morning long streets division is now arriving in full you'll division pal hills divisions not visions cores.

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