Rifle pit


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(Mil.) a trench for sheltering sharpshooters.

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The men took positions behind a curv- ing line of rifle pits that had been turned up, like a large furrow, along the line of woods.
But at last the guns stopped, and among the men in the rifle pits rumors again flew, like birds, but they were now for the most part black creatures who flapped their wings drearily near to the ground and refused to rise on any wings of hope.
Caption: LEFT: Fighting the boredom that is every infantryman's lot, R22eR private Lambert does some light reading in a rifle pit. (libraryand archives canada 3403685)
Everybody knows we're going to do all the fighting, and you guys are just going to sit here in your fancy rifle pit. The one Rosecrans had you dig, so you could hide from the Rebs."
It has been discovered time and again by modern-day battlefield archaeologists excavating positions occupied by Mannlicher-armed troops engaged in heavy firelights that a lot of partially loaded, unfired cartridges and clips tend to litter the bottom of the trench or rifle pit!
A few months later, on November 29, 1863, George, the author of the bulk of these letters, was killed when a Confederate shell fell directly on his rifle pit; James survived, making it to second lieutenant during a year-long postwar encampment at Camden, Arkansas.
In the meantime, he was struck in the head by a shell fragment from a SAP roller at Vicksburg, Mississippi, while superintendent of all the approaches, rifle pits and mines in front of Gen.
At the battle of Te Ranga, Pte Byrne, now a corporal, was the first man of his company to jump down into the rifle pits, where he bayoneted a Maori soldier.
They included Corporal A E Wilkinson, a tram conductor from Moldgreen, who wrote: "It was general knowledge that a very important tactical mole hill (one could not flatter it by calling it a hill) was to be blown sky high with dynamite along with its attendant trenches, rifle pits and dug outs our enemy had established there since November 11, 1914.
Then switch and view Little Round Top from those same rifle pits (photo at far right) for a well-rounded look at history.
Union soldiers seized the Confederate rifle pits at the base of the ridge with relative ease and to the amazement of Grant and his staff, the bluecoats scrambled up the rugged escarpment in a mad dash to the summit.
The end of the battle came on the fourth day, not through any clever military maneuver, from either side, but out of the unbridled frustration of a handful of Middleton's troops, who broke rank and charged down the hill to the Metis rifle pits, flushing the men out.