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 Posted: Wed Jan 24th, 2007 04:02 pm
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A humorous incident occurred on July 1 during the battle of Gettysburg.

Fry's artillery battery of Rodes division, was part of the traffic jam on Oak Hill. General Rodes ordered the battery out of the line of march and to deploy on the downward slope of the hill. Fry complied and the battery was soon under moderate fire due to it's lack of cover and unable to fire with much effect due to the slope.

Colonel Cutshaw, the battery's battalion commander, soon rode up and exclaimed, 'What idiot placed this battery here?'.

General Rodes turned several shades of crimson and replied, 'Ah, Colonel, I am glad you are here. Please position this battery as you see fit.'.

Rodes staff generally cracked up during the brief exchange...



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