And his division remained under fire for some time quite uselessly.
On the 29th the force advanced towards Tokar in square, and came under fire at 11.20 AM, from the enemy entrenched at El Teb.
To lead men forward under fire more discipline (obtainable only by movement in masses) is needed than is needed to resist attacks.
No one had taken any notice, for everyone knew the sensation which the cadet under fire for the first time had experienced.
The difficulty found in getting the ships out - one of them grounded - showed how disastrous an attempt to draw off under fire of the forts must have been.
But when they had convinced themselves that this man in the white hat was doing no harm, but either sat quietly on the slope of the trench with a shy smile or, politely making way for the soldiers, paced up and down the battery under fire as calmly as if he were on a boulevard, their feeling of hostile distrust gradually began to change into a kindly and bantering sympathy, such as soldiers feel for their dogs, cocks, goats, and in general for the animals that live with the regiment.
Our regiment attacked! said Boris with the happy smile seen on the faces of young men who have been under fire for the first time.
Thus Rosecrans was confined to a semicircle of low ground around Chattanooga itself, and his supplies had to make a long and difficult detour from Bridgeport, the main road being under fire from the Confederate position on Lookout and in the Wauhatchie valley adjacent.
He was fearless, not because he had grown used to being under fire (one cannot grow used to danger), but because he had learned how to manage his thoughts when in danger.