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Discussion in 'Military History' started by C.Evans, Jan 19, 2011.

  1. A-58

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    Read up on Camp Douglas, in Chicago, Illinois. Thousands of Confederate soldiers died of starvation, disease and exposure to the elements there, and the yankees had more than enough food and supplies to prevent that from happening. They did it on purpose. In Andersonville, the Confederate guards died at almost the same rate as the POWs they were guarding due to the hardness of the war. The Confederacy could not properly care for it's own soldiers, people or POWs. The Union could.
     
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    Sorry if this has been posted before, but I found this by accident. Its about the Scot's photographer from Paisley, Alexander Gardner. Always find the old style development techniques fascinating
     
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    Found this snippet on my newsfeed-
    "Engineers and technicians have spent the last two months turning live artillery shells, recovered from the mud of Savannah harbor, into inert museum pieces.
    The recovery was part of the efforts to save the wreck of the Confederate ironclad gunboat CSS Georgia this summer to make way for a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredging project. The Georgia, scuttled by her crew to avoid capture by the Union Army during Sherman’s famous March to the Sea in 1864, was scoured by U.S. Navy divers who brought a number of artifacts and cannon to the surface.
    Among the more dangerous items found were pallets of unexploded ordnance in the form of some 170 9-inch Dahlgren and 6.4-inch Brooke projectiles, the vast majority filled with black powder and armed with corroded fuzes.
    Once on the surface, each was remotely drilled into by a pair of technicians behind a cleared blast area shielded by a half-inch steel plate and 5.5-inch thick ballistic glass.
    After the hole was drilled, each shell was soaked and flushed of black powder using first hot water and then MuniRem, a specially formulated solution that chemically neutralizes explosives. Once the explosive has been removed, the techs unscrewed the fuze, leaving the shell fully inert.
    “This is the only job like this I’ve seen,” said Ben Redmond, a retired Marine Corps master EOD technician and senior technical consultant for the project. “Most inerting is done in an industrial setting, not in the field like this.”
    The trick to disarming 170 Civil War artillery shells in the field (VIDEO)
     
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    Good read. I've read of this movement before. Nothing really came of it. The driving factor of the idea of creating a city-state out of New York was based on one cold hard fact: $$$. The planters of the South borrowed monies from the bankers in NYC to finance the operations of their plantations. Once the slave states left the Union, the bankers feared losing all their money if war broke out. So they came up with the notion of seceding from the US and staying neutral. Not sure how all that business would've worked out if they tried to make it happen.

    Mayor Wood’s Recommendation of the Secession of New York City | Teaching American History
     
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    Aye, nothing new under the Sun. London occasionally still threatens to go independent on the rest of us, and I can't help thinking of Passport to Pimlico every time they do.
     
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