Ruggles' Battery


        While Confederate infantry were trying in vain to break the strong Federal defenses at the Hornet's Nest, C.S General Daniel Ruggles brought up 62 cannon, which was the largest artillery concentration ever seen on the North American continent up till this battle, along the ridge just south-west of the Hornet's Nest and Sunken Road.  

        Just after noon Ruggles began firing on the Hornet's Nest, and under the heavy barrage of cannon fire, Confederate infantry outflanked the Union position.  As a result of this attack, Union General William Wallace was mortally wounded and Union General Prentiss was captured along with 2,250 Northern troops.