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The 3 Inch Parrot Rifle in the Civil War

Both the Union and Confederate artillery forces used several types of rifled field artillery in the Civil War.  One of the more common rifled field guns was the 3 inch Parrot Rifle, named after...

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The Swamp Angel at Charleston, South Carolina 1863

In July 1863, Union forces Major General Quincy Gillmore’s Army of the South landed on Morris Island outside Charleston, South Carolina.  Gillmore’s objective was to take control of Charleston Harbor and eventually, Charleston itself. ...

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Portable Civil War Artillery: The Mountain Howitzer

The Model 1841 12 Pounder Mountain Howitzer was a  lightweight, scaled down field artillery weapon that was used by both the Union and Confederate armies. Most field artillery in the Civil War was transported...

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Pennsylvania’s Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration

Pennsylvania contributed extensively to the Union cause in the Civil War. Over 425.000 Pennsylvanians served in the Union Army and Navy, in well over 200 regiments of infantry, cavalry and artillery. Although a few...

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The Battle of Sabine Pass September 1863

After the fall of Confederate strongholds at Vicksburg. Mississippi and Port Hudson, Louisiana in July 1863, the Union commander of the Department of the Gulf, Major General Nathaniel Banks, proposed that his forces attack...

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Alonzo Cushing, Medal of Honor Winner

For a June 2012 update on the status Cushing’s Medal of Honor click here. The anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg on July 1st-3rd, is an appropriate time  to remember the heroics of the...