Fort Fisher

Fort Fisher
Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Friday, February 3, 2017

February 2, 1862: Foote to His Sailors-- Part 1: Aim Well, Don't Waste Ammunition

FEBRUARY 2ND, 1862:  In his battle plan and orders to his gunboats, Flag Officer Foote emphasized the need for coolness and precision of fire:  "Let it be also distinctly impressed upon the mind of every man firing a gun that, while the first shot may be either of too much elevation or too little...

"...there is no excuse for a second wild fire, as the first will indicate the inaccuracy of the aim of the gun, which must be elevated or depressed, or trained, as circumstances require.  Let it be reiterated that random firing is not only a mere waste of ammunition, but, what is far worse, it encourages the enemy when he sees shot and shell falling harmlessly about and beyond him...."

Don't Waste Ammo.  --Old B-Runner

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