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 Posted: Thu Nov 13th, 2008 06:09 pm
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Crazy Delawares wrote: I'm half way through "The Rifle Musket in Civil War Combat" by Earl J. Hess. Pretty thought provoking stuff.
Let us (me specifically :)) know what you think of that one.  I'm currently reading Shocktroops of the Confederacy:  Sharpshooters of the Army of Northern Virginia by Fred L. Ray.  I was thinking of the Rifle Musket as a follow up.  I am finding I enjoy reading about technical subjects as well as the more mainstream (?) historical events.



 Posted: Thu Nov 13th, 2008 06:17 pm
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Marie - I just finished reading Little House on the Prairie to my daughter (bedtime story) and now she wants me to find LIW's other books as well.

Susan - the Mouse books were some of my kid's favorites (they want something a bit longer now).  My son really liked If you Take a Mouse to the Movies.

My current list of books:

Shock Troops of the Confederacy
Systematic Design of Instruction
(for my class))))(
Order of the Phoenix (for my son)
Dixie Victorious
(counter factual)
Molly:  An American Girl (for my daughter)

There may be something else in there somewhere, but I get mixed up sometimes. 



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Tim, if you haven't already pick up Edwards Civil War Guns as it is a superb read and gives a good look at the CW era arms and their impact.



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Return to Bull Run : the campaign and battle of Second Manassas by John Hennessy. Pope really was oblivious...and a horse's patoot! I like Samuel Sturgis' comment, "I don't care for John Pope one pinch of owl dung!" This is the first scholarly examination of 2nd Manassas in quite a number of years; it's well-written and supported with lots of resources.

ArtorBart



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Tim , I was lucky enough to meet the author of the Mouse books at a conference. She was delightful to talk to . The American Girl books are great for girls. History and dolls all together . I hope you are reading to them everynight. It is so important.
Susan



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Johan

I've heard through the grapevine that for my for upcoming GB test they might ask several questions regarding artillery. In my reading there were primarily 3 artilery pieces at the burg - napoleons, parrots, ordinance rifles and 2 whitworths (csa). I'm guessing but I feel that they will throw up images of the various pieces and ask for recognition. Any good websites for study?

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TimHoffman01 wrote: Molly:  An American Girl (for my daughter)
when i was little i read the American Girl books (i loved em) and i even had some of the dolls, then i got older and became more interested in playing with boys than dolls and all of them went into a bin with my baby clothes and baby blankets and stuff like that. but i still do have one doll that sits out on a shelf. she was a special order doll that was created to look like me, but i dont know if they still do that anymore.



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Doc C wrote: Johan

I've heard through the grapevine that for my for upcoming GB test they might ask several questions regarding artillery. In my reading there were primarily 3 artilery pieces at the burg - napoleons, parrots, ordinance rifles and 2 whitworths (csa). I'm guessing but I feel that they will throw up images of the various pieces and ask for recognition. Any good websites for study?

Doc C


Actually  Doc no site needed.  The 3" Rifle is the simplest w/ the cleanest lines.  The Napoleon has the swell at the muzzle (except CS which look like a 3" on steroids.  Parrot has the distinctive band around the breech and the Whitworth is pretty distinctive... I don't think I've ever seen a pic that doesn't show off the breech, even that said it's the slimest most dainty looking of the group.

 

As a note the CS also hauled about a dozen howitzers & 6 20 lb Parrott guns as well, I'm not certain what batteries they were w/ though.  There were actually 4 Whitworth's one each w/ Dearing, Henry, Eshleman & Garnett's Battalions.

http://www.newulmtel.net/~municipal/battery/

http://www.cwartillery.org/artillery.html



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Thanks Johan. My source, Pfanz, has that the CSA had 2 whitworths at GB, with McIntosh's Bat., Hurts Hardaway Art. (Ala) primarily in the Schurz woods area. One had intermitent break downs during day 2/3. Also, I looked through Newton's - Silent Sentinels (a good resource for GB Artilery, also George is a great GB guide). If you have any information regarding the numbers of whitworths let me know.

Thanks,

Doc C



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I've always heard there was just a section of Whitworth's under Hardaway.



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Doc,

There were indeed only 2 Whitworths present at GB during the battle.
There are actually 4 in the GNMP's possesion though.
2 on the field and 2 at the VC/in storage.

Good luck on the exam!



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What I have shows 1 w/ Dearing's Bttn that was attached to Pickett's Div of 1st Corps, 1 w/ Henry's Bttn which was part of Hood's command, 1 w/ Eshleman's Washington Lt Arty of 1st Corps Arty Reserve & 1 w/ Garnett's of Heth's Division.
That came out of Zimmermans Unit Organizations of the Civil War

But on further research and comparing that w/ a couple other TOE's I have for Gettysburg things don't quite mesh up.  I'll leave it to the experts as to why Zimmerman made the mistake.



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I just finished listening to a pair of books:  Dick Francis Under Orders, a pretty interesting murder mystery.  Theses are the kind of books the better half likes and i often grab one to listen to while driving.  I have to admit I really enjoyed it, even learned something about the horse racing industry.

 

THe other book was The Boys' Crusade by Paul Fussell.  I couldn't stand it and I don't know whether to blame the narrator or the book.  But to make things frustrating I can't quite pin down any one thing that made me so cold to the book.  What may be to blame is that I just finished listening to a batch of Stephen Ambrose works which IMO the worst of was ten times the boook of this one.  Oh well, I'm off to see what audio goodies the better half brought home from the library today.


An Audio copy of Caesar's Commentaries is supposed to be in there.

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ole wrote: Ladies. Please! I have two older brothers and one younger. I really can't handle yours. Work it out as best you can; I want no part of it.

I'm still schlepping through "Southern Storm" by Noah Andre Trudeau. It takes a while, as I make copious notes on a copy of the "orders of battle."

Neat note: I watch CSpan 2 on the weekends when they do two days of watching and listening to authors. Saturday, who'd they have on? Noah Andre Trudeau talking about "Southern Storm." That doesn't happen. But it did.

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currently reading:
 1. Like Men of War-Noah Andre Trudeau
 2. When in The course of Human Events-Charles Adams
 3. Shelby's Expedition To Mexico-John N. Edwards
 4. The Battle Of Kursk- Glantz and House
 5. Sepp Dietrich: Hitler's Gladiator- Charles Messenger
 6. The Stand-Stephen King

I made the mistake of actually pulling all the unread books from my shelves a couple of days ago......a grand total of 46 books:shock:!!!



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I made the mistake of actually pulling all the unread books from my shelves a couple of days ago......a grand total of 46 books:shock:!!!

I can only wish I had only 46 unread books. One of my addictions is to buy a book that someone recommends (with good intentions), or when I happen upon a bargain. I can't tell you how many I've read, let alone how many I haven't.

Which reminds me, I really must reorganize and recategorize.

Ole



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Johan I use to haunt the outlet mall bookstores for books on tape when I was driving interstate 5 alot to visit friends and go to Oregon .  I built up quite a collection and passed them on to other friends.  Just loaned the last of the collection to a friend who was hit in the face with his chainsaw.  He is okay now and his eye was not damaged.  He loves to read so I loaned him my best ones to listen to while he recovered. 

I would find the strangest books in the outlet bookstores but listened to some interesting books.  I remember I found Joseph Wambaugh's true life story  The Firestarter at the outlet outside Gettysburg .   Found an interesting set of radio plays called Midnight Cab somewhere on the road.  They are Canadian.  I loved them , never did find all of them wish I had.   I need to get some new ones to listen to just driving around .  One of the strangest but most interesting was on the Circus fire in Hartford in the 1940's .  I kept finding reasons to drive to listen to it.

Susan



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Susan, I think there are just three books on CD left in our library that I haven't at least started listening to. Thank God for interlibrary loan. I have to admit that I never would have read many of the books I've listened to; adolescent books that stunned me by how well written they were such as the Artemis Fowl series & the Percy Jackson books. And my wife getting me hooked on some of her mystery writers that I never would have read such as... Elizabeth Peters & Sanford.

Ahhh the love of a book, your best friend. Sleeps when you put it down and ready to speak to you again when you pick it up.

Heh, I think I'm in the mood to read Susan Kay's the Phantom again.



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Susan, I'm weird about recored books while driving. I don't like to listen to talking, but prefer soft jazz instead played low. For one thing, I'm afraid the voice of a anarrator would act like a lullaby and put me to sleep.)))(

My sister, in contrast, listens to recorded novels on all her long trips.



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oh and I'm sytill waiting on my Caesar's Commentaries... ARGHHHH!!!!!!



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