“It was often possible to follow the course of an approaching cannonball with the naked eye, but it was regarded as bad form to move or duck; as Sgt.Maj. William Ballam of the 2/73rd remarked to Pvt William Dent, ‘Damn you sir, what do you stoop for? You should not stoop if your head was off!’ Almost immediately Ballam was struck dead by a ball which hit him in the middle of the face, whereupon Dent turned to the mangled remains and said, ‘Damn it, sir, what do you lie there for? You should not lie down if your head was off’; which of course, it was.”


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