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3060Re: [TalkAntietam] Artillery Weekend (more followup)

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  • RoteBaron@comcast.net
    Jun 13, 2006
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      Apparently the friction primer did not ignite the powder charge, so the powder remained in the tube after the other guns had fired. The cannoneers made it immediately know to NPS personnel, and the potential danger (to the cannoneers) was quickly explained to the audience. The first step was to do nothing and await a firing, which could be result of slowly burning embers. I am not sure of the next steps taken after the pause (of about 2 minutes?). Eventually the gun was successfully fired.

      I'll let our resident artillerist (Tom C) provide more detail.

      Tom Shay
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      From: "G E Mayers" <gerry1952@...>

      > Tom,
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      > Can you give a brief synopsis of what transpired here?
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      > Yr. Obt. Svt.
      > G E "Gerry" Mayers
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      > To Be A Virginian, either by birth, marriage, adoption, or even on
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      > Subject: [TalkAntietam] Artillery Weekend (more followup)
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      > I added an additional video to my webpage. This is the firing in which
      > Section 1's Gun #2 misfired. Obviously with three videos, the page may
      > take 1+ minutes to load.
      > http://home.comcast.net/~schuylkillcwrt/artillery.htm
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      > The park is performing a major overhaul of the NPS website that
      > promises to offer plenty more features.
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      > I received a reply to an email I sent to Antietam in reaction to the
      > lack of tours this Spring and Summer. The reply is similar to one
      > sent to another person.. If you are interested in these
      > corrrespondences and related issues that were brought to my attention
      > while at the park on Saturday, please conect me privately
      > (RoteBaron@...).
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      > Tom Shay
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