The glory, folly of famous last words
During the battle of Spotsylvania Court House, Gen. John Sedgewick was rearranging his troops in anticipation of confronting the enemy. Eager Confederate soldiers took advantage of their maneuvers by firing occasional shots at Sedgewick's troops, causing them to duck for cover as the bullets whistled past them. In an attempt to instill courage in his men, General Sedgewick jeered them for hiding from the bullets, saying, "Stand fast men.
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