Category: Miscellaneous

  • Musketoons and Rifle-Muskets: What’s In A Name?

    Names and nomenclature do make a difference in military topics. You’d like to be as accurate as possible, and I think it’s important to use the terminology current at the time unless you specify you’re using something contemporary. I’ll use two examples that have caused a lot of confusion—musketoon and the rifle-musket. The difference between […]

  • Civil War Records Free on Fold3

    For a limited time (until April 15th) Fold3 is making its Civil War records available for free. So if you need to research an ancestor’s military record, now’s the time. It does require you to register, however.  

  • Apologies for Lack of Posting

    EDITOR’S NOTE: The following post is from Fred Ray, a frequent and long time contributor to this blog.  We wish him well in his recovery. *** I’m sorry to say that I’ve not posted anything since early November of last year. It’s not because I’ve lost interest or don’t have anything more to say, but […]

  • Dispatches From The War of Culinary Aggression

    Now they’ve banned grits and biscuits made the right way. “We could originally serve half whole grains but that changed in 2012 when we had to start serving 100 percent whole grains,” said Stephanie Dillard, the child nutrition director for Geneva County Schools in Alabama. That meant no more grits. “And grits are a staple […]

  • Adios “Hognose” R.I.P.

    I was greatly saddened to learn yesterday of the untimely demise of Kevin “Hognose” O’Brien, who ran the excellent Weaponsman blog site, a mixture of weapons lore, gun politics, and Kevin’s own unique brand of blarney. Although I never met him, Kevin and I became acquainted earlier this year when he linked to one of […]

  • A Confederate Whitworth

    Auctioneer James D. Julia has a rare Confederate Whitworth up on the block. This one even has the four power Davidson telescope. The brass tube Davidson scope was adjusted for elevation by turning the knurled knob on the right side of the forearm. This loosened the clamp on the left side so the 1-1/2″ bar […]

  • Sherman Takes the Super Bowl

    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: