This one sold a few days ago for $632,500. I had to stop bidding at $100 I know exactly where this gun was stationed at the Coosa River RR bridge as we located the fort site back in the 80's but this gun wasn't there.
5 of these 9-pounders manufactured at Columbus, Georgia, and that it includes an original limber. It is discussed on pages 68 and 69 of "Confederate Cannon Foundries" by Daniel and Gunter where it is noted that a total of 27 Columbus Napoleons had been located and "several years ago one of the authors came into possession of an 1863 bronze Columbus Arsenal 9-pounder, the only one known to survive." The F.C.H. marking on the muzzle is for Major Fredrick Clinton...
The Resaca thread, and the pointing out of the ladies smoking cigarettes while in full day wear got me thinking about when cigarettes became a thing and how long we've been smoking here in The States. I found this:
This is the third of a four book series written by Jeffrey Wm. Hunt that details the operations of the Armies of the Potomac and Northern Virginia in the aftermath of Gettysburg. The narrative starts at the end of the Bristoe Station Campaign (the subject of book two of the series) and reviews the status and plans of the two armies and their commanders...
On an April evening in 1865, Eliza Tillinghast Stinson hears the movement of cavalry passing through her town of Fayetteville, North Carolina. Many ladies quickly gather flowers for they believe it is the sound of Confederate cavalry. They have been left with little else to present to their heroes. However the ladies never lost their enthusiasm for their boys and the cause for which they were fighting for. There are smiles and cheers of encouragement from those Carolinians as they see their boys until “somebody came up and told us that news had come that Lee had surrendered”.
I bought this sword from a well-known dealer 1.5 years ago. It's made by D.J. Millard, dated 1862, with C.E.W. as the inspectors mark (blade and scabbard). Of all the manufacturers of the 1860 Cavalry sabre, Millard made the smallest number...only 10,000.
There was no "story" to this particular sword. I bought it cuz it was the right quality at an affordable price point for me.
The sabre has the initials BW scratched into it (looks like it was done with the tip of a pocket knife...what do you think?). At first I thought the initials were unsightly...and I thought who would do that to their sword?...but it was a nice sword nonetheless so I bought it. Now I am wondering...
This song uses the air of "The Maid of Monterrey", and was composed by A. B. Cunningham of Louisiana at an uncertain date.
Upon Manassas’ bloody plain a soldier boy lay dying!
The gentle winds above his form in softest tones were sighing;
The god of day had slowly sank beneath the verge of day,
And the silver moon was gliding above the milky way.
The stars were shining brightly, and the sky was calm and blue,
Oh, what a beautiful scene was this for human eyes to view!
The river roll’d in splendor, and the wavelets danc’d around,
But the banks were strew’d with dead men, and gory was the ground.
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