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 Posted: Thu Jul 19th, 2007 08:54 pm
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A bit of Missouri trivia here .. Have you ever heard of old Sacramento was a artillery piece that traveled with Gen. Prices army was made out of melted down church bells and had a very distinctive ring when it was fired.

One of Bledsoe's guns was captured by the Missourians in the Mexican war at the battle of Sacramento. It was presented by the general government to the State of Missouri and for years stood on the bluff overlooking the Missouri river at Lexington. Bledsoe brought it out with a yoke of oxen. There was a considerable percentage of silver in its composition, which gave it a ring when fired that could be distinguished on the field amidst the firing of a hundred ordinary guns. Bledsoe's battery was always in the thickest of the fight, and the soldiers of the State Guard, as well as the Federals, soon came to know "Old Sacramento's" voice. It became so badly grooved from use that it was finally condemned, sent to Memphis to be recast with other guns, and its identity lost.

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just some local trivia from my home state and town since we were talking about arty and distinctive sounds


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