Copyright © 2012 by Robert Ladd
Smashwords edition, copyright 2012
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July 21, 1861
First Battle of Bull Run
The cannonball seemed to come out of nowhere. He didn’t recall hearing the sound of it being fired, but as soon as it struck him, the Major knew exactly what had happened. His horse Dakota crumpled, killed instantly as the 8-pound ball tore open a hole in its side the size of a fist. The horse’s rider, Union Major Sullivan Ballou, managed to pull his right boot from the stirrup before his beloved steed crashed to the ground. It wasn’t necessary to remove the left boot however as it was completely severed upon the shell’s impact.