After our CWT Vicksburg Tour, I wanted to start a new discussion/research topic. I am NOT an artillery expert but I had to post this Question.
During a stop at the Jefferson Davis Monument, @redbob called us over to some cannons behind the monument. He gave a quick talk about one of the cannon that appears to have repairs to the vent hole. Bob said the original vent hole was plugged and new vent holes were drilled. This gun has 3 holes.
I have talked to a re-enactor who owns an original cannon and my friend who works at the museum at the Gettysburg National Military Park.
Here is a close up of the repaired...
Good Day! I’m very new to forums and civil war muskets. I was gifted an 1863 US Springfield rifle. It has 1863 on barrel however 1862 on lock plate. Is this possible or is maybe the lock plate not original to the rifle? I believe it is a type 1, as the barrel bands are held on by screws and not the barrel springs. The side plate screws were loose, however when I tightened them, you couldn’t move the hammer. So I backed them back out a turn or so. There is lots of pitting on top of barrel that seems to match the lock plate. I’m just trying to figure out if I have an original or if pieces were replaced. Thank you for your time!
My hometown is better known for athletes than generals. Like many USMA graduates, I resigned from the Army and worked in industry. Unlike some, I remained a commissioned officer in my state's militia. Soon after the beginning of the rebellion, I was promoted to Brigadier General of Volunteers. I rose to Division commander and finally to Major General. My career was effectively ended because of my close association with another, better-known officer. My commission as Major General did not receive Congressional approval and I saw no further field service, instead commanding a major Draft Depot before leaving service in late 1864.
(A) Who am I?
(B) Who was my discredited...
When the angel Gabrielle tells you " Welcome this creature " you listen. Legend has it Ishmael first saw this animal galloping out of a dust storm, a gift from Heaven. It's a longer story and quite a few versions are out there but that's the gist.
I'm personally not all that interested in history after the combustion engine arrived. OH the big stuff sure, everything just became a little boring after we lost our partnership with the horse. In 2019 we sit in increasingly sequestered, sealed and comfort controlled metal pods that transport us from A. to B., where you get out to engage whatever you came there for...
A nice overview of Confederate efforts in the Naval Warfare realm from the Center for International Maritime Security - http://cimsec.org/ ...
Confederate Sea Denial and Tactics of Asymmetric Naval Warfare
October 8, 2019
By LCDR Jason Lancaster, USN
Today the U.S. faces renewed global competition, and conventional and asymmetric naval threats. The future U.S. way of war must innovate beyond the Second World War strategy of out-producing adversaries, since the U.S. has fewer shipyards and its rivals may have greater industrial...
On June 25, 1864, Federal cavalry under the command of General John Wilson seized the Mulberry Hill plantation, making it their headquarters for their planned assault on the Staunton River Bridge, which was about a mile to the south. With her husband and sons off in Confederate service, Mrs. John McPhail was head of household at the time.
Pressed by the Federals for information about the Confederate defenses, Mrs. McPhail told them that there were at least 10,000 Confederate soldiers defending the bridge and that reinforcements were steadily arriving. In fact, there were only 938 defenders, and 642 of them were local old...
This is a photograph of three pickets from the 50th Pennsylvania Vol. at Port Royal South Carolina, guarding the Coosaw River.
I find it interesting that instead of the normal sky blue pants Union troops usually wear, they are wearing dark blue pants, that match their coat. Note how the two soldiers that are standing have their bayonets fixed as well.
I do not know much about this photo, but who knows, perhaps my ggggreat uncle from Co. A is standing watch over the river...
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