The Deep Cut Monument is for the men of the Second Louisiana Brigade commanded by Col. Leroy A. Stafford fighting with stones in the deep cut. The brigade consisted of the 1st, 2nd, 9th, 10th, and 15th Louisiana Infantry Regiments. Beginning to run low on ammunition, Capt. Thos. Rice of Co. E, "Montgomery Guards," 1st Louisiana Infantry, recalling an incident at Sevastopol during his experience in Crimea, quickly told his men "Boys, do as we did at Sebastopol!" picking up a rock and throwing it at the Federals stuck on the other side of the embankment. Lt. Col. Michael Nolan of the 9th Louisiana shouted to his men to do the same. The idea caught on and eventually the whole line began to pick up rocks and hurl them over the embankment. Some of the Federal troops picked them up and threw them back over.
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