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Relic Bullets from a Pennsylvania Farm
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These are fired three ring bullets dug from the Daniel S. Farm near Gettysburg.
My people lived in Gettysburg before the war, and it has always had a real attraction for me.

I still have some nice smaller Civil War relics, like these, and a couple Southern hard images, and
a few Union soldier's images, which are much less expensive! I used to have many more years ago.
What happened? I will tell you.

Not many months after the 21st century began, I collapsed at home right after getting back from work.
I had suffered a sudden AVM, something like an aneurysm, and I was close
to death. I was in something like a coma for some weeks, and wife got me help at a hospital, but for awhile
I was...

24 pounder seige gun memorial Vicksburg NMP

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This gun was placed in the National Cemetery April 13th, 1874. It originally had a shell placed on top of the tube but it lost that at some point after being placed.


The eagle on the iron tube is acually engraved into the metal which you can't really see unless you are up close. I had seen the gun numerous times before as it is placed on the main tourist road in the cemetery.

Recently I stopped and got out of the car and took some close up photos.



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Civil War Equipment: Tin Cups vs. Muckets

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How common was the "Mucket" in the rank and file of the federal army during the Civil War? In this episode, we break down some primary sources to discuss the design and issuance of these tin items to troops.

Join us as we finish our thoughts on the standard issue tin cup vs the mucket as it applied to federal troops during the Civil War. This episode has less source material and more anecdotal commentary. Nevertheless, a good discussion to have. What do you like to use?

CWDigitalDigest Shearing Sheep - Vol. VI, Episode 8

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Published April 1, 2020

Warmer weather is in the air and that means it would be time to shear the sheep flock. John Fortinos, a historical interpreter at Greenfield Village, provides a lesson on what shearing sheep is like without electricity. As he does, he shares common knowledge and skills that many in the 19th century would have been familiar with. We want to extend our gratitude to The Henry Ford and the staff at Greenfield Village for their hospitality with this episode.

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Opinions please. Like i have to ask right?

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Sure looks like a woman to me. Blow up the tintype and sure your thoughts. Check out the cover also.



Foto Friday 4/3

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So by now we were scheduled to be on our way on a 3 week camping trip to Georgia with many stops along the way including some CW sites. I was looking forward to refilling my photo files with some new stuff. So since that is postponed for who knows how long, as I am sure it is with everyone, today let's dig deep and post what you think is one of your favorite photos. Mine is simple. It is my son and I a couple years ago at Gettysburg. We found a group that was representing the 141st PVI Co A. We had 9 ancestors in the 141st and 5 in Co A. Spent some time with these guys just talking about the Regiment and what they went through.


With U. S. Grant at Shiloh's 125th, April, 1987

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Part I - In The Federal Camp
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Myself at left representing then-Captain John A. Rawlins with Marty Brazil as Maj. Gen. U. S. Grant in front of our headquarters tent at Shiloh.

I was reminded recently what with this again being the anniversary of the Battle of Shiloh, Tenn., of one of the most memorable reenactments of my Civil War "career". As I've mentioned here before, reenacting is certainly old enough to have its own history, and a highpoint of that history would have to be the events of the 125th Anniversary, 1986 - 199o. Reenacting had grown considerably from its rebirth during the Civil War Centennial of the 1960's and it's likely we will never...

"Say What Saturday: With So Little Brain"

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"Men? There were men enough; all dead, apparently, except one, who lay near where I had halted my platoon to await the slower movement of the line—a Federal sergeant, variously hurt, who had been a fine giant in his time. He lay face upward, taking in his breath in convulsive, rattling snorts, and blowing it out in sputters of froth which crawled creamily down his cheeks, piling itself alongside his neck and ears. A bullet had clipped a groove in his skull, above the temple; from this the brain protruded in bosses, dropping off in flakes and strings. I had not previously known one could get on, even in this unsatisfactory fashion, with so little...

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