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The Federal guns sought the Confederate guns on the hills. They hurled solid shot and explosive shell, their iron insults shearing through oak and ash, brittle hickory, chestnut and elm. Outgunned two to one, with less reliable ordinance, the Confederate gunners declined to fight.

General Jackson had made too clear the fate of the impatient gunner who fired early and gave away his gun’s position. In shallow pits they lay beside their gun carriages and prayed no unlucky shell would crash into a powder-filled limber box.

Metal whizzed through the trees, striking trunks that had stood for centuries with the stout whack of an ax-man’s first blow.

Shells exploding among the reserve artillery behind Walker’s brigade killed horses and shattered limber carriages, while frantic artillerists lashed their guns to the rear.

One horse was on its forelegs, down in the back; its neck stretched out in what any man knew would be a scream had the cannonade permitted hearing it.

— Donald McCaig said that

29 Comments

a penny for your thoughts?

Harryreply
March 27, 2018 at 8:30 pm

a powerful looking beast, even at rest

JMS*reply
March 27, 2018 at 9:49 pm

Attitude d’une belle noblesse, on dirait qu’il salut humblement les cavaliers d’en face…

Ginniereply
March 27, 2018 at 11:15 pm

Needless to say, I much prefer “Sleepy” than the thought of this magnificent beast being killed in war, Sherri. (sigh) And I really like the horse-head icon on his bridle. How sweet.

Tatar@Yreply
March 28, 2018 at 12:59 am

Magnifique puissance représentée.

lislreply
March 28, 2018 at 1:29 am

Appalling to think of how many horses perished in that conflict, sherri

Bill Phillipsreply
March 28, 2018 at 2:02 am

A fine horse portrait. I think may of us on this side of the pond don’t fully appreciate what carnage the American civil war was.

Elaine-reply
March 28, 2018 at 2:39 am

i can’t stand the thought of horses dying in battle!! it hurts me so much!!

willemreply
March 28, 2018 at 3:15 am

Fantastic horse portrait in beautiful monochrome.

grouserreply
March 28, 2018 at 4:44 am

The close crop makes for a nice composition

ruthiebearreply
March 28, 2018 at 5:49 am

The words bring horror but the image stands in beauty.

Maria-linareply
March 28, 2018 at 6:28 am

Oh wow, superbe, quelle belle prise!!! Bise, bon mercredi tout en douceur!

Martine Liboutonreply
March 28, 2018 at 7:16 am

magnifique ta photo ! J’aime beaucoup !!!! tres belle en B&W

Graciel·lareply
March 28, 2018 at 9:33 am

A noble animal. They do not deserve to be victims of human unreason..

mhelenereply
March 28, 2018 at 9:50 am

Splendid B&W portrait !

….peterreply
March 28, 2018 at 11:58 am

a magnificent animal and a great portrait of him Sherri…
Donald McCaig’s words were very dramatic….peter:)

Claudioreply
March 28, 2018 at 11:58 am

Congratulations definitely a beautiful shot

Kikireply
March 28, 2018 at 12:22 pm

Touching and beautiful portrait in this tight shot of a noble animal!

Stevereply
March 28, 2018 at 12:36 pm

War is not an endeavor any man or beast should have to endure. I love this portrait of the beautiful horse.

Ayush Basureply
March 28, 2018 at 12:42 pm

excellent shot and i loved the text, Sherri. to think that not often much has been said about the plight of these unwilling participants in human conflicts.

Stevenreply
March 28, 2018 at 2:08 pm

Awesome clarity captured in this close-up!! It looks like such a regal pose as if to be bowing its head.

Ana Lúciareply
March 28, 2018 at 2:09 pm

Lovely contrast in this b&w, good composition.

Elaine Hancockreply
March 28, 2018 at 5:09 pm

A beautiful portrait of this noble creature. I love horses!

gingko60reply
March 29, 2018 at 10:09 am

Un très beau portrait en N et B ****

Lewisreply
March 29, 2018 at 10:21 am

Beautiful shot of this tired, hardworking horse. Well done!

Nicoureply
March 29, 2018 at 11:01 am

Tout équiopé quel portraitet tête de ce cheval superbe
amitié

Dianereply
March 29, 2018 at 2:13 pm

oh gosh, so powerful. so very powerful

B. thomasreply
March 29, 2018 at 2:17 pm

It is so sad that horses and other animals have to suffer and die in man’s war. Beautiful shot.

By Mariereply
March 30, 2018 at 8:57 am

Great framing and monochrome. I like horses

Elizabeth Buckalewreply
March 31, 2018 at 11:36 pm

Truly beautiful image of this strong steed. How horrible war is…

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