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Re: [TalkAntietam] Re: Kentucky Rfiles used in the battle of Sharpsburg

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  • G E Mayers
    Dear Scott, You might want to also ask Brian about the country rifles connection, if there is one. It sounds, though, as if the country rifle was used more
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      Dear Scott,

      You might want to also ask Brian about the "country rifles"
      connection, if there is one. It sounds, though, as if the
      "country rifle" was used more for Home Guards or local militia
      than for regular forces.

      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: "Scott Hann" <wutheringheights@...>
      To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Wednesday, June 04, 2008 3:11 PM
      Subject: [TalkAntietam] Re: Kentucky Rfiles used in the battle of
      Sharpsburg


      Dear Gerry,

      Without looking too hard I found the following tidbit about
      "country
      rifles" in the July 16, 1861 issue of the Richmond Daily
      Dispatch:
      "The country rifle, also, may often be obtained in sufficient
      numbers
      to equip a company or two in a county. The use of the Minnie
      instead
      of the round ball in these, makes them fully as destructive as
      the
      famed Enfield rifle."

      I'll drop Brian an email about the Rohrbach Barns. Thanks for
      the
      suggestion.

      Scott




      --- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "G E Mayers" <gerry1952@...>
      wrote:
      >
      > Scott,
      >
      > I have never heard of a Country Rifle.............. Ok on the
      > Rohrbach barns.
      >
      > You can ask the rangers at Antietam NPS via email about the
      > barns
      > etc.... Brian Baracz is a good one to contact there.
      >
      > 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: "Scott Hann" <wutheringheights@...>
      > To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      > Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2008 2:01 PM
      > Subject: [TalkAntietam] Re: Kentucky Rfiles used in the battle
      > of
      > Sharpsburg
      >
      >
      > Dear Gerry,
      >
      > Perhaps I'm using the wrong nomenclature. I've seen references
      > to
      > "Country Rifles", and the fact that they fired a "picket
      > bullet",
      > but,
      > as yet, have never seen a photograph of such weapon. Could it
      > be
      > the
      > readily available Kentucky Rifle they're talking about? I have
      > in my
      > collection a Country Rifle bullet mold recovered near Dunker
      > Church,
      > and saw a similar mold with Antietam provenance on display at
      > Heritage
      > Day in Sharpsburg.
      >
      > I quickly skimmed through Dean Thomas' "Ready ... Aim ... Fire!
      > Small
      > Arm Ammunition in the Battle of Gettysburg" and found that .69
      > shotgun
      > slugs have been recovered from the Gettysburg Battlefield, but
      > it's
      > unclear whether they were used by a smoothbore musket or
      > shotgun.
      > Apparently it could be fired by both.
      >
      > As for the "Rohrbach Barn", your guess is as good as mine. I
      > know
      > about the substantial barn on the Henry Rohrbach Farm, but
      > don't
      > know
      > if one existed on the Noah Rohrbach property. These are the
      > only
      > two
      > Rohrbach's that I know of.
      >
      > Scott
      >
      >
      >
      > --- In TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com, "G E Mayers" <gerry1952@>
      > wrote:
      > >
      > > Dear Scott,
      > >
      > > Thanks.
      > >
      > > Use of smoothbore weapons...like the M1842 Springfield...is
      > > well
      > > documented for both sides at Antietam. However, the Harpers
      > > Weekly issue might be talking about Kentucky troops in the
      > > Western theater.
      > >
      > > To my knowledge I have never heard of any KY rifle use at
      > > Sharpsburg during the battle but maybe Tom Clemens knows. As
      > > to
      > > the shotgun...that would be a most unusual weapon for an
      > > infantryman to carry... I would understand cavalry,
      > > especially
      > > Confederate cavalry.
      > >
      > > Rhorbach Barn...question then becomes which Rohrbach farm?
      > >
      > >
      > > 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: "Scott Hann" <wutheringheights@>
      > > To: <TalkAntietam@yahoogroups.com>
      > > Sent: Monday, June 02, 2008 8:23 AM
      > > Subject: [TalkAntietam] Re: Kentucky Rfiles used in the
      > > battle
      > > of
      > > Sharpsburg
      > >
      > >
      > > Dear Gerry,
      > >
      > > There's a woodcut in August 17, 1861 issue of Harper's Weekly
      > > depicting Confederate uniforms, one of which is for the
      > > Kentucky
      > > Rifle
      > > Brigade. It's unclear if they were armed with Kentucky
      > > Rifles,
      > > or
      > > were just a brigade from Kentucky armed with rifled muskets.
      > > In
      > > either case, to the best of my knowledge, there was not a
      > > brigade
      > > at
      > > Antietam that was armed exclusively with outdated Kentucky
      > > Rifles.
      > > However, could this longarm have seen use at Antietam?
      > >
      > > I've been corresponding with a 2nd Georgia historian who's
      > > heard
      > > rumors of their use at Sharpsburg, however we're looking for
      > > definitive proof that at least one solider is documented to
      > > have
      > > used
      > > one at Antietam.
      > >
      > > We know for a fact that the Irish Brigade was issued Model
      > > 1842
      > > .69-caliber smoothbore muskets. In my own collection I have
      > > an
      > > English Mortimer shotgun found in the Rohrbach Barn after the
      > > battle
      > > (probably left by a wounded soldier), and a bayonet adapted
      > > for
      > > use on
      > > a shotgun documented to have been found on the battlefield.
      > >
      > > So, with a overall range of 700-800 yards, and the ability to
      > > kill a
      > > man at 250 yards, it's at least plausible that the Kentucky
      > > Rifle,
      > > with its' superior accuracy over the above mentioned arms,
      > > could
      > > have
      > > seen use at Antietam.
      > >
      > > Scott
      > >
      >
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