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Battle of Aiken By Jen Owen On a cold day in May the Gray coats were lined up prepared to defend their home Aiken South Carolina a small tobacco city Aiken sits thirty minutes away from Georgia As the Calvary men mounted their horses they knew nothing about what and just who they were about to face all they knew is that they were tired and their men were hungry As I sat in anticipation watching the battle grounds for the first move no horn was sounded no bell was rang all that was to be herd was the CHARGE THOSE YANKEES of the men mounded upon their ever so sweaty horses Boom BOOM went the cannons as the dirt spewed from the ground I witnessed a local newspaper boy taking pictures for the Aiken Times newspaper of the battle The Gray coats uniforms were torn and in need of slight repair Missing buttons seemed to the new fashion statement for the Grays However for the Blue coats the new shipment of soda crackers seemed to tease their minds As the earth seemed to be shakin g from the cannon balls the Calvary men fought upon their steeds fighting off those Blue coats Bodies form both sides lyed among nest the roughed up ground Guns were taking from those who had died or badly wounded and used to put back to use right away The Blue coats would carry their cannons upon a mules back right into the middle of the battle thinking nothing but win at all costs The battle lasted a few hours and the men who had lost their lives fighting were collected and placed in a horse drawn cart to later be named and returned home to their loved one The smell of gunpowder filled the air and the beating of drums added to the real affect of the atmosphere As I walked through the camp of the Southern
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