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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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November 19th, 1863



Solid Shot, the modern day perspective.

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A section of National Park 1841 model six pounders firing from the position of the Chicago Board of Trade Battery December 31, 1862.

In some of the discussions I have participated in lately, there has been some questions about the effectiveness of solid shot. Nobody questions the horrific effect of a naval gun firing a 24 pound ball at pistol range. The shower of razor sharp wooden splinters was horrific. Many of us have fired solid shot at targets. In the good old days of the last century, at Stones River National Battlefield, we fired live from an original Napoleon 12 pounder six times a day...

US Everett, Edward

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Edward Everett


Edward Everett
was a politician, a pastor, an educator, a diplomat, and an orator from the state of Massachusetts. Everett, a Whig, served as a U.S. Representative, a U.S. Senator, as well as the 15th Governor of Massachusetts, the Minister to Great Britain, and U.S. Secretary of State. He taught at Harvard University and served as its president. He is most famous for giving a two hour oration for the Dedication of the Military Cemetery at Gettysburg...

Marrying under Difficulties - a tale from the home front

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Not long since a Confederate soldier returned from the wars to his home near the state line dividing Kentucky and Tennessee. The first business he attended to was that of marrying the girl he had left behind when he first started out to seek the bubble reputation at the cannon’s mouth. A large party was gotten up by the bride’s family, and a man who was conceded to be a justice of the peace, because he had held the office for twenty years before this cruel war had commenced, performed the ceremony that united two hearts that had but a single thought. After these rites had been observed there was a feast of hog and hominy, roast...

Brass Napoleon Award Voting ~ Medical Care

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Please vote for the one you think most deserves this award!
About the Award

A Visit to the National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Amazing Grace, Remembered; A Count Of Honor, Please, Our Lost Nurses...

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    Votes: 3 2.0%
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    Votes: 17 11.1%
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