One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Place a number of rifles with their butts on the ground and the muzzles together.
- ‘Several times in the night orders were given to fall into line and the boys, expecting to advance, would examine their guns, see that everything was in shape for action, then be ordered to stack arms and lie down again.’
- ‘Insert the muzzle of the other two rifles in there and stack arms.’
- ‘About 2 a. m., after passing through a valley amid darkness which was greatly increased by a dense wood, the troops were allowed to file off, stack arms, and bivouac on a slope, and around a knoll upon which some of our cavalrymen had been stationed on picket duty.’
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