Re: [TalkAntietam] Artillery Weekend (more followup)
- Yes that is pretty much it. The Misfire Drill that the NPS uses is
based on the one in French, Barry & Hunt's Artillery Drill 1860. It was
not unusual in the 1860's, and the government issued 75 friction primers
with every 50 rounds of ammo. This provided for practice firing,
misfires, loss, etc.
The current problem, and what we experienced Saturday and Sunday several
times, is that the repro primers are not made like the originals, and
when they fail, they get stuck in the vent. That creates a much more
dangerous situation because the cannoneer must stay in there near the
vent longer to clear it, and must often drive the old primer tube down
into the cartridge, making it into a projectile. Not good. If the
primer is still hot enough, it can even cause the gun to prematurely
I say all of this because I wish someone would accurately reproduce the
original primer, which when it failed could be easily removed from the
vent. As always, the question is money, but for safety reasons, many
artillery enthusiasts, and more importantly the NPS, would bless the
name of someone who could do it. My two cents worth, sorry about the
Thomas G. Clemens D.A.
Professor of History
Hagerstown Community College
- I was at a book store this weekend and read in a book about a regiment
in a brigade (Union) approaching the Sunken Road. The brigade, I
believe it was in French's Division, started getting fire from the rear
from another Union brigade in its division. They moved to the side and
the friendly fire stopped.
I went back to buy the book, "War From the Inside", the story of the
132nd PA, and read the book but can't find the friendly fire anecdote.
I know I looked in a million books that day, but was pretty sure that
was the book. Any ideas where that might've been I was looking? Thanks.