Short Takes

by Fred Ray May 20, 2018

Rethinking U. S. Grant seems to be the in thing right now. History has no judgment, but historians do, and these tend to run in cycles (witness views of the Confederacy). So it is with Grant, who seems to be on the upswing. Claremont Review of Books reviews some of the latest scholarship, including books […]

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The Guns of 1866—The P53 Enfield vs. the Snider-Enfield

by Fred Ray May 9, 2018

Rob at Britishmuzzloaders does a practical demonstration of the differences of the P53 Enfield and the Snider Enfield. The Snider was basically a P53 that had been converted into a cartridge firing breech loader by adding a “shoe” at the breech designed by American Jacob Snider. As such it was comparable to the American “trapdoor” […]

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Short Takes

by Fred Ray April 23, 2018

Apologies for the blogging hiatus but it’s been tax time and one has to give unto Caesar what is his or he’ll do bad things to you. Anyway, just a short update on the historical cleansing of, well, just about everywhere. Here in tolerant Asheville Robert E. Lee’s face was scratched off a memorial plaque, […]

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Free Access to Fold3’s Civil War Collection (limited time)

by Fred Ray April 9, 2018

Business pressures and tax time have not left much for blogging, for which I apologize. Have some posts in the works, but until then here’s something from Fold3 that might interest readers. For a very limited time (until April 15th) Fold3 has their entire Civil War collection available for free access (you do have to […]

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The Confederate Cook & Brother Rifle, and a Lorenz Reproduction

by Fred Ray March 22, 2018

Ian at Forgotten Weapons examines two products of the Confederate Cook & Brother manufactury. Cook and Brother was one of the largest and most successful of the private ordnance factories in the South during the Civil War. It was formed by two British brothers who had moved to New Orleans, Frederick and Francis Cook. They […]

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Then They Came for General Hooker…

by Fred Ray March 19, 2018

Being in New England Massachusetts suffers from an acute shortage of Confederate monuments, giving activists little to do. However, creative ones will find a way, and you can always go after Union heroes. One Massachusetts lawmaker has a problem with General Joseph Hooker (a native son) because an entrance named in his honor insults “women’s […]

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The Robinson Confederate Sharps

by Fred Ray March 11, 2018

Ian at Forgotten Weapons examines the Confederate Robinson carbine. S. C. Robinson’s company made some 1900 of them before the Confederate government bought the factory in early 1863. Although there were some complaints about them, the Robinsons were well made arms and quite serviceable. Unfortunately, as with so many of the Confederacy’s manufacturing efforts, there […]

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