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Shots that should have killed them

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One prisoner, who was captured at Vicksburg, had been shot in the eye during one of Grant's ill-fated assaults. The eye was gone, but otherwise the man was fine. "He walked about our room with a handkerchief tied around his head, smoking complacently," Richardson recalled, "apparently considering a bullet in the brain a very slight annoyance." The prisoners loved stories like that, freakish tales of men who had miraculously survived shots that should have killed them.

There was the story of a soldier who was lying in the dirt, firing his rifle, when a Rebel cannonball hit the ground beside him and plowed a...

Do You Sleep Like a Victorian?

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The Somnambulist by John Everett Millais - 1871 (Public Domain)

Could sleeping like a Victorian be the next trend that promises wellness? Dr. Michael Mosley, British science journalist and health author, explains that in pre-industrial times, people went to sleep when it got dark (because what else is one supposed to do without Netflix and smartphones?). They would sleep an average of five hours or so, then wake up in the middle of the night and begin “doing household chores, visiting friends or enjoying a bit of intimacy,” before returning to bed for their “second sleep.” Known as biphasic sleeping...

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Trivia 11-20-19 Nameless Heroine

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Question: New York Tribune reporter Albert Richardson was part of a party of escaped Union prisoners attempting to make their way back to the North during January 1865. The party was led by scout Daniel Ellis, who enlisted a sixteen-year-old girl and expert horsewoman to help them across the Nolichucky River without running into Confederate patrols. The young lady rode across a long bridge, reported back that the coast was clear, and headed back home. When the reporter eventually reached safety, he wrote an article about the incident, but fearing that the girl might be subject to reprisals if her identity were known, he originally referred to her as the “nameless heroine.”

He later...

Lincoln (Jim Getty) Reads the Gettysburg Address

Essential books to understand Army headgear

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There are a few good books one can purchase to better understand Civil War headgear. This is probably one of the best.

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The period it covers,1812 to 1872, allows one to get an idea of the development of Army headgear in the years leading to the Civil War. Add United State Army Headgear to 1854 by Edgar M. Howell and Donald E. Kloster and United State Army Headgear 1855-1902 by Edgar M. Howell and you will have the start of a good reference library on U.S Army headgear.

The Gettysburg Address

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