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Re: [TalkAntietam] Irish Bde and Anderson's NC Bde Weapons

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  • Dean Essig
    Thanks Tom. I, too, have the book and it was already consulted for the values I presented earlier. Additional confirmation for the Irish, secondary source for
    Message 1 of 6 , Feb 2, 2008
      Thanks Tom. I, too, have the book and it was already
      consulted for the values I presented earlier.
      Additional confirmation for the Irish, secondary
      source for the North Carolinians.

      --- RoteBaron <RoteBaron@...> wrote:

      > The book "My Sons Were Faithful And They Fought" by
      > Bilby & O'Neill contains an article by William Goble
      > entitled "Irish Brigade Ordnance at Antietam".
      >
      > Here is some of the text from that 5-page article
      > pertinent to Dean's request:
      >
      > At Antietam.."Only the Yankees of the 29th
      > Massachusetts were equipped with modern Pattern 1853
      > British Enfield rifle muskets. The Irishmen of the
      > 63rd, 69th, and 88th New York carried United States
      > Model 1842 smoothbore muskets, arms that, except for
      > their percussion ignition, had changed little since
      > the Napoleonic Wars."
      >
      > "The North Carolinians occupying the lane were, like
      > the Irish, largely armed with smoothbore muskets.
      > When the war began North Carolina Governor John W.
      > Ellis seized the United States arsenal at
      > Fayetteville and obtained enough weapons to arm
      > thirty regiments. Most of these confiscated guns
      > were Model 1842 smoothbore muskets or percussion
      > conversions of flintlock smoothbores. By the fall of
      > 1862, most North Carolina regiments had a company or
      > two equipped with rifled arms, but, on the whole,
      > the Tarheels defending the Sunken Lane were armed,
      > like their Irish opponents, with smoothbores."
      >
      > Tom Shay
      >
      >
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: G E Mayers
      > To: TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com
      > Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2008 7:13 PM
      > Subject: Re: [TalkAntietam] Irish Bde and
      > Anderson's NC Bde Weapons
      >
      >
      > Dear Dean;
      >
      > Thanks for your email with the information. I will
      > get back to
      > you further on this as I have to check some
      > sources here. Might
      > be a few days.
      >
      > Yr. Obt. Svt.
      > G E "Gerry" Mayers
      >
      > To Be A Virginian, either by birth, marriage,
      > adoption, or even
      > on one's mother's side, is an introduction to any
      > state in the
      > Union, a passport to any foreign country, and a
      > benediction from
      > the Almighty God. --Anonymous
      > ----- Original Message -----
      > From: "dean_essig" <dean_essig@...>
      > To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2008 8:33 AM
      > Subject: [TalkAntietam] Irish Bde and Anderson's
      > NC Bde Weapons
      >
      > Hi Gerry!
      >
      > This is what I have:
      >
      > (The only small arms categories here are either
      > rifled or
      > smoothbore, the detail of which
      > exact kind or model is beyond my needs.) "Hard"
      > means the data
      > has been confirmed by
      > how level sources (ordinance quarterlies, state
      > records, or
      > multiple secondaries). Some of
      > these units might be mixes (the Texans are very
      > problematic that
      > way), so I had to go with
      > predominant type.
      >
      > 29 Mass: Rifle--hard
      > 63 NY: Smoothbore--hard
      > 69 NY: Smoothbore--hard
      > 88NY: Smoothbore--hard
      >
      > 2 NC: Smoothbore
      > 4 NC: Smoothbore--hard
      > 14 NC: Smoothbore
      > 30 NC: Rifle
      >
      > As you can see, most of the types in Anderson's
      > Bde are still
      > soft.
      >
      > Dean
      >
      >
      >
      >
      >
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