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There was gallantry during the conflict and the larger armies generally observed the rules of war. However, in smaller actions the conduct of both sides was often extremely brutal. Here’s a letter from Thomas J. Bond of the 2nd Ohio, who describes how…

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As part of the continuing quest to find the origins of the term “sharpshooter,” I directed a query to the Museum of Military History (Heeresgeschichtliches Museum) in Vienna, Austria. The Austrians, after all, were the first to employ rifle units and true…

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Did you watch the Super Bowl? Atlanta had the best first half since Gone With The Wind. I didn’t, but the jokes are thick and fast on the ‘net today. and my favorite:

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Awesome find by Hampton Newsome! This is a hand drawn map of the Battle of Burgess Mill (Boydton Plank Road), fought on October 27, 1864. It was found in the court martial papers of BG Horace Rugg, who commanded a Second Corps brigade at the battle and failed at a critical moment.

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Joe Bilby has another excellent article in American Rifleman on Confederate sharpshooter Berry Benson. I first saw the monument in downtown Augusta, Ga., in 1966, as a young second lieutenant at nearby Fort Gordon. It was an impressive sight, and even…

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Thanks John!

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Cap and Ball tries out the new Pedersoli Whitworth rifle reproduction. Unfortunately this rifle remains vaporware here in the US. It was supposed to become available in mid-2016 but no one has actually seen one for sale. Too bad, since I think there’s a…

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I’ve addressed the origins of the term “sharpshooter” several times, and it seems to be a popular one for commenters. Lately I’ve dug up a few more comments on its origin and first use in America. One of the more intriguing units in the Revolutionary War…

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Watched Glory and parts of it several times before the holidays, AHC was pretty much showing it non-stop, which gives you time to dissect things more completely. Conclusion: made in 1989, it holds up pretty well, and I think it’s one of the best Civil War…

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Editor’s Note: This article was provided by John Hennessy and transcribed by Jackie Martin. WAR CORRESPONDENCE. _____ LETTER FROM CO. D, 32D MASS. Near Petersburg, Va., Aug. 16th, 1864. MR. EDITOR;—Since I last wrote a sad disaster happened at City…
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