Mannie Gentile’s Toy Soldiers Blog

Although I’ve never had the free time or excess cash to get into toy soldiers, I’ve always been fascinated by the topic.  Hat tip to Scott Mingus over at Charge! Civil War wargaming & news for pointing out fellow Civil War blogger Mannie Gentile’s (somewhat) new blog Toy Soldiers Forever.  Mannie posts on the 1st and 15th of each month, bringing readers information on 54mm American Civil War soldiers.  Go check it out!





4 responses to “Mannie Gentile’s Toy Soldiers Blog”

  1. mannie gentile Avatar


    Thanks for getting the word out. I do appreciate the kindness.

    Best wishes.

  2. admin Avatar


    No problem! I’ve always enjoyed reading about your adventures as a Park Ranger, so I’m sure I’ll enjoy your dabblings into toy soldiers as well!


  3. Scott Mingus Avatar

    There seems to be a renewed interest in toy soldiers and playsets. Earlier this year, Gettysburg hosted its first Toy Soldier Show, which was jam packed with shoppers, and cash was freely flowing. Companies such as the Michigan Toy Soldier Company have issued new playsets which, although pricey, are great Christmas or birthday gifts for kids.

  4. Carl Castoro Avatar

    Hello Brett. My question, which I haven’t been able to find the answer to, is – how were artillery powder bags carried to the battery? If inside limber/caisson, were they in kegs? I have seen diagrams of ammo boxes at museums, and the shells or balls were nicely placed, but where were the bags of powder? Separate ammo boxes? I want to create a Union fortification, with cannons and crews servicing the guns, bringing shells and powder to the front, but carrying the powder in barrels? Tried Mannie, but no answer. Tried a few ACW sites, also no recent activity. Hoping for your response. Thanks, Carl

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