|The redoubt that defeated Catholicgauze. Photo by me.|
The reason for such a difference in causalities is the redoubts which were themselves a series of man-made geographical features: a depression in the middle for soldiers to fight from, a earthen wall to protect from incoming fire, a slope to give protection and slow down attackers, and a deep trench of about six feet (two meters) to break up formations charging the redoubt.
I took my turn to charge the redoubt to see if I could have turned the tide of battle. I ran down the trench but it was so steep I ran straight into the up-slope. I would have ended up like the few American, French, and Haitian troops who braved the slaughter to reach the redoubts: dead, wounded, or prisoner.
|A man-made geographical feature of death.|