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    Rifle Volley
     
    This practice originated in the old custom of a temporary cease-fire to remove the dead from the battlefield. Once each army had cleared its dead, it would fire three volleys to indicate that the dead had been cared for and that they were ready to go back to the fight.

The fact that the firing party consists of seven riflemen, firing three volleys does not constitute a 21-gun salute.