Originally Posted by jedwil
My great grandfather, soldier of the CSA, survived this battle. All I ever heard that he said about it was how thick the lead was flying.
Yes, in addition to all the musket fire imagine the short range cannons with cannister rounds. like having a huge shotgun which covers about a 20' wide path and powefull enough to go right through the first guys and continue into soldiers behind them. Also threw in nuts and bolts or whatever they could stuff in there. Devastating.