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    Posted 6 months ago

    blunderbuss2
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    Seems like I can poste again without having to search for replies. Also had problems figuring out how to use pc updates etc.. Figure out how to use things & they change things to confuse us (me). I was happy with XP & 7 ! Well I've worked on accoutrements for the gun. Made both handspikes (wooden poles that mount on the "trail" for pointing the gun), new ramrods with sponges for the bore, water bucket for sponging out the bore between shots (proud of how that came out) and a pyramid of cannon balls (correct size). The only other miniature Civil War cannon I've ever seen this perfect in every detail, was made by a foundry pattern maker in his spare time. This will end up in the St. Maarten museum when I kick the (water) bucket. I saw a well made one that was about 85% of this detail sold on line for $1,200. Happy camper this !
    I'm back CW fans to harass you when I'm not harassing the natives here ! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !

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    1. Newfld Newfld, 6 months ago
      Very cool cannon BB2
    2. iggy iggy, 6 months ago
      Oh boy! we are in trouble now! LOL. I had to get another comp also recently and my brother Steve is a self taught comp wizard, so he told me to stick with win 7 as long as possible.
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 months ago
      Iggy, I got a 7 yr. old Chinese kid to straighten things out. Why won't they leave, well enough, alone ? They should design them so that they have an "after life" use, like a planter. They don't last long as targets.
    4. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 6 months ago
      Hey, pretty cool canon ... lol I lost my tv box and my dsl and then had to format my hard drive and hunt software down to reload everything then wait a week for the line to be put back up ...so I hear ya on the puter stuff...plus three storms ...have to love being in the mts or be crazy I'll say crazy....smiling ,....so will stuff you then put you next to the canon when you spill the bucket ...smiling ..enjoy the, day,. bud
    5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 6 months ago
      Roycroft: My favourite antagonist ! You're going to miss me when I'm gone. OK, it maybe be a few yrs. before you notice I'm not around. LOL ! I won't come haunt you, because it's too damned cold up there !
    6. Daddy_Nobucks Daddy_Nobucks, 6 months ago
      Well done bb2, looks fabulous!
    7. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 6 months ago
      Of coarse I would miss ya....smiling ,..as long as you leave your guns to me... hows the legs doing....Thing must getting back to some kink of normal on that rock your living on ...? later bud ,have to go play..enjoy the day..
    8. hotairfan hotairfan, 6 months ago
      Great job bb2. you really got it right. Love the little water bucket, you even have the lid made for it
    9. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 months ago
      Daddy & Hotair, you two's comments mean a lot ! Roy, I quit trying to guess what's going to kill me first ! LOL !! Just when I accepted the doc's rulings, that I am on the "short list", I started getting better. Now, I'm guessing again. I know you're anxious, but don't get an ulcer ! Besides, I think I misspelled your name in my Will. LOL !!
    10. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 months ago
      I appreciate everybody's appreciation of my current endeavour. Lost most of what I had due to heart attack & then Irma. Glad I put some of my best stuff in the museum. Irma knocked St. Maarten/St. Martin into the 4th world, but we are slowly rebuilding. C'est l'vive !
    11. whyatt whyatt, 2 months ago
      love the cannon ! don't see things like this posted much at all . thanks for sharing it .
    12. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 11 days ago
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BczhT1ByrXA

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rIlwHT4IdRc
      smiling....
    13. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 11 days ago
      having fun yet....lol
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2eV8N0bUzA0
    14. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 11 days ago
      I am ....lol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgqIWDPMALk
    15. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 11 days ago
      I want one of each !!! Thanks Mon. Enjoyed ever second. Felt the concussion many times & found the slow motion etc. shots showing it were interesting. The muzzle loaders crews all seem to be slow learners or, "When all else fails, read the instructions". When you pull the lanyard in front of you, the iron hook on the friction primer end will often hit you in the side of the head. Pull straight armed & behind you to avoid that. I was a fast learner ! Of course they might have been Yankees. LOL !!
    16. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 11 days ago
      glad you enjoyed it ...you mean the same yank's that won that war..smiling ..later back to work..
    17. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 10 days ago
      Yeah, the same ones who surrendered most of their artillery in battles against my patriotic ancestors.
    18. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 10 days ago
      yeah ,.it was a sad war for both sides no matter how we look at it...later

      During the Civil War, artillery technology took a step backward. The number of smooth-bore cannons used as artillery increased steadily. The effective use of rifled artillery against troops in the field had to wait for the development of fuzes that would cause the shells to burst on contact.

      Artillery had an important role in the Battle of Shiloh. Toward the end of the first day of the battle, the Rebels overran the Federal lines and were on the verge of victory. The 10 Union batteries were hastily collected and put into position. Their massed fires aided by fires of the heavy pieces of two gunboats in the Tennessee River beat down the attacking Southerners. General Ulysses Grant was the commander of the Union forces, and Shiloh was a milestone for him toward command of the Army of the Potomac and his rendezvous with Lee at Appomattox.

      In a classic artillery battle of the war on July 1, 1862, during General George McClellan's drive against Richmond, Colonel Henry Hunt, McClellan's brilliant young chief of artillery, emplaced an arc of 340 guns on the summit of Malvern Hill. As General Robert E. Lee ordered a charge against the hill, Hunt, in a masterly display of fire coordination, controlled a group of 60 cannons as if they were one battery and leveled the charging divisions brigade by brigade, causing 5,000 casualties. Simultaneously, he had his heavy artillery firing on the Confederate batteries. The Union was victorious, but the next day McClellan retreated as he had after au preceding engagements.

      At the second Battle of Bull Run, Southern artillery brought 175 guns into action against the Federal troops. Colonel Hunt was not present to direct the efforts of the artillery of the North. In this action the Rebel batteries were at the right place at the right time. General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson's divisional artillery supported him ably until he closed with the Union troops. Jackson's column bent at the counterattack of the northern soldiers. Suddenly, two Rebel batteries flanked the attacking Union troops and opened fire upon their exposed rear flank. These artillery volleys hamstrung the surge of the Blue, and Jackson's slashing charges drove the Union troops from Bull Run for the second time.

      In the Battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862, vicious pointblank artillery fire resulted in 12,400 Union casualties and 8,000 Confederate casualties.

      In a battle near Fredricksburg two Federal divisions attempted a river crossing. A Southern artillery captain, John Pelham, with one section, held the divisions at bay for almost an hour.

      At Chancellorsville on May 2, 1863, Stonewall Jackson's division skirted the Union right flank but was prevented from completely destroying the Union forces by an Ohio battery under the command of Hubert Dilger. The Ohio cannoneers checked Jackson's charge long enough to allow the Union troops to fall back and regroup. The commander of the Union army, General Joe Hooker, a former artilleryman, grossly mismanaged his artillery during this battle--one of the reasons why a Confederate force half the size of the Union force was able to secure victory at Chancellorsville. However, the South was dealt a severe setback when General Stonewall Jackson was cut down, by mistake, by southern snipers.

      As an aftermath of Chancellorsville, the Union chief of artillery was given authority to reorganize his artillery. Batteries were grouped in battalions; battalions in brigades. Horse artillery was increased. Efforts were made to make up the shortages of officers and noncommissioned officers
    19. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 10 days ago
      You mention John Pelham, head of JEB Stuart's Cavalry, who was from my home town area. When his body was sent home, his 2 Colt navy's were still loaded in some cylinders. A friend removed the charges for the family in the early 1960's.

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