Jul 24, 2017
We rarely see accounts of military screw-ups that result in needless deaths of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of brave men, because they are covered up by the generals who order them. This story by Ambrose Bierce regarding a massive blunder by Generals Sherman and Howard during the Battle of Pickett's Mill, at which Bierce was present with Hazlett's Regiment, which was thrown to the wolves without reinforcements, is a scathing rebuke of a classic military mistake that resulted in 700 deaths within 45 minutes.
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