By Ian Douglas

Manhattan occasions bestselling writer Ian Douglas's virtuosic big name Corpsman sequence proves something: The Marines are nonetheless the hardest sons of weapons within the galaxy.

As Bravo corporation defuses a hostage predicament on an orbiting mining station, army Corpsman Elliot "Doc" Carlyle not just saves the lives of a wounded Marine and extraterrestrial friendlies--he averts a terrorist strike meant to kill billions. His present? Deployment on a recon venture into the darkest depths recognized to man.

Abyss Deep is a foreboding ocean planet torn via extremes: boiling typhoon international on one aspect, unbroken glacier at the different. people demonstrated a examine colony there to check the planet's substantial sea serpents--but the colony has long gone ominously silent. while Carlyle's workforce arrives, they find a vessel belonging to a warlike alien species soaring above the ambience. yet under the ice lurks a secret so chilling it'll make even Elliot Carlyle's blood run chilly.

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But the combat veterans ignored all of this a n d instead c o n c e n t r a t e d on the advancing grey infantry who suddenly a p p e a r e d across the field. Had the Confederate advance b e e n well managed, there would have been sufficient m e n to overwhelm Hurlbut. However, reports of a Union division marching against his army's right, forced Sidney J o h n s t o n to redirect two brigades poised to attack H u r l b u t against the imagined threat. Furthermore, Wood's a n d Shaver's brigades h a d t u r n e d west to attack toward Sherman.

James Powell to take three companies of the 25th Missouri on a 3 am reconnaissance in force. Powell was a regular army officer and efficiently gathered the unit's three best companies along with two more belonging to the 12th Michigan and set out down a wagon trail into the woods. About 5 am they entered a 40acre clearing known as Fraley Field where some 280 men belonging to the 3rd Mississippi Infantry Battalion manned a picket line in front of Hardee's Corps. Unlike its foe, the Confederate outpost line showed alert anticipation.

Gen. Benjamin Cheatham's division made some of the first charges against the Hornets' Nest. Cheatham, who reported that they were driven back by a 'murderous crossfire', was wounded during the battle. (Tennessee State Library and Archives) Along the 'sunken lane', canister-firing Union artillery fired point blank at charging rebels. (Library of Congress) So, with the battle still in its early stages, four-sevenths of the reserves had been committed. T h r o u g h o u t the day the Federal artillery served as the lynchpins of the defence.

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