Re: "Taking it like a man" revisited...
I realized after the fact that this is an old thread, and I can't seem to delete it. So, I guess I'll just leave it..
When we did Pickett's Charge for 135th Gettysburg, they assigned us places (by number) on the field to take hits (wounded or dead). That way you could go no further than a certain point on the field. I remember that many people were given the number for the Emmitsburg Road to simulate the canister fire. I've done the same thing with school groups.
One thing I have wanted to try is a "streaming wounded" situation in which ambulatory wounded, or seriously wounded men (with help) "stream to the rear" into cover. They wait there until their unit returns after an unsuccessful attack, reforms, and goes in again. Dead stay on the field in fewer numbers. That way, a unit can make repeated assaults and take casualties without causing an undue amount of attrition. It also adds another historical element to the engagement while creating a little "controlled chaos".
There are always a few guys who don't mind taking early fatal hits, and as they get tired, more will join them. We once had a guy that we called a "professional hit taker" because he loved taking a permanent hit at the outset so he didn't have to march in the heat. It always amazed us how a random pistol shot from the far reaches of the field could always seem to knock him down with a fatal shot!
Co' F 2nd Virginia Infantry
Last edited by Dan Limb; 02-11-2011 at 08:32 AM.
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James M. Hergesheimer, Co. A. 20th Iowa Infantry
Capt. James G. Campbell, Co. F., 19th Illinois Infantry. Wounded at Missionary Ridge