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[civilwarwest] Re: Whitworth Rifles

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  • CLAYTON BRANNON
    Some think that the General killed by a Whitworth was General Sedgwick at Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. His last words were They can t hit an elephant
    Message 1 of 8 , Feb 22, 2000
      Some think that the General killed by a Whitworth was General Sedgwick at
      Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. His last words were "They can't hit an
      elephant at that distance."


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      From: <Hartshje@...>
      To: <civilwarwest@egroups.com>
      Sent: Tuesday, February 22, 2000 3:47 PM
      Subject: [civilwarwest] Re: Whitworth Rifles


      > Hugh,
      >
      > Thank you for your enlightenment on the Whitworth rifle. I found it very
      interesting, and appreciate your research into the matter. I had originally
      asked about the rifle because I had previously only known about the
      artillery pieces, and did not know of the existence of these special rifles.
      >
      > I believe the General in question was John Reynolds, killed at Gettysburg
      (supposedly by a sharpshooter, but not proven). All accounts I have ever
      read indicated the fateful bullet was a Minie` ball. I don't know if that
      was proven fact, or just supposition. Anyway, thanks again.
      >
      > Respectfully,
      > J. Hartshorn
      >
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