naming the american civil war


The Confederate Double Barrel Cannon,

The double barrel cannon is not a new idea, going back at least to the mid 17th century. The idea behind a double barrel cannon was not a weapon to fire solid shot, but to fire chain shot, a pair of cannon balls connected together by a chain. Each cannon ball was loaded into a separate barrel, and when fired in theory the two balls should rotate around a central axis, mowing down anything in it’s path like a weedwacker mowing down grass.  The trick was firing both barrels simultaneously.  Any flaw in timing, uneven combustion of gunpowder, or flaws in the barrel could cause the chain shot to careen out of control. It was nigh impossible to fire a chain shot cannon with any semblance of accuracy, hence why chain shot cannon were relatively rare.

In 1862 during the American Civil War, a Georgia dentist named John Gilleland attempted to design and build his own double barrel chain shot cannon for used by the Confederate Army. Gilleland’s cannon was caste in one piece at a cost of $350, and featured two 6 inch caliber barrels. The barrels diverge three degrees so that when fired the cannonballs would diverge and the chain would be drawn taught.

On April 22nd, 1862 Gilleland’s cannon went through official ordnance testing. Testing consisted of firing at two poles in a field. On the first shot the cannonballs wildly struck the ground, tearing up over an acre of the field but nowhere near the intended target. On the second shot the chain shot flew over the poles, taking out a grove of trees far behind the target. On the third shot the chain broke, with one cannonball veering to the right and taking out a chimney on a nearby cabin, while the other flew to the left and killed a cow.

Despite the failure Gilleland continued to advertise his cannon for military use. The Confederate Army said “thanks but no thanks” and refused to adopt the cannon. Today the cannon is on display on the front lawn of the City Hall of Athens, Georgia.

Manhattan Firearms Co. Colt 1851 Navy revolver

Manufactured by Manhattan Firearms Company c.1859-68 in Newark, New Jersey - serial number 2798.
.36 cap and ball six-shot revolver, single action, creeping loading lever, double the amount of cylinder stops.

Manhattan F. Co. started as a company to make Colt copies when Samuel Colt’s patent expired in 1857. They ended up being the fourth most prolific Union contracter during the American Civil War, behind household names Colt, Remington and Winchester.

the first american civil war had battles with names like “the battle of gettysburg”

the second american civil war is gonna have battles with names like “the battle of walmart #1062”


USS Kearsarge (LHD-3) is the third Wasp-class amphibious assault ship of the United States Navy. She is the fifth ship to be named (the fourth actually commissioned) in honor of USS Kearsarge, a sloop-of-war that gained fame during the American Civil War, which was in turn named for Mount Kearsarge in New Hampshire.

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The South - Civil War Era-

Possible Missionaries, St Helena or Hilton Head South Carolina

Photo Random House-Photo as seen in video- “History of Beaufort, SC” by Scott Myers and Mike Kirk

Blogger Note: No original source, date, names, or photographer found.

Brigadier General States Rights Gist — Yes, this is his real name!

During the American Civil War, one of the largest hot button issues that led to the war next to slavery was the issue of states (often the two issues went hand in hand).  Often people are accused of wearing their politics on their sleeve, during the Civil War there was one Confederate general whose name led to no doubt as to his personal politics.  Brigadier Gen. States Rights Gist (yes this is his real name) was perhaps the most bizarrely named Civil War general to fight on either side.  States Rights Gist was born to Nathaniel Gist in 1831.  At the time, one of the most popular southern politicians of the day was John C. Calhoun, a stalwart Democrat who supported slavery, nullification, and most importantly states rights.  Nathaniel Gist was such a passionate supporter of Calhoun and the idea of states rights that when his son was born, he chose to name him after his political ideals.  Thus he named him “States Rights Gist”. No this wasn’t a nickname, “States Rights” was his legal first name.

Gen. States Rights Gist served bravely as a Confederate officer throughout most of the war, taking part in the battles of Fort Sumter, Manassas (Bull Run), Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, and Atlanta.  During the Battle of Franklin on November 30th, 1864, he was shot in the chest, and died soon afterward. 

Photo: Trader Joe’s/MBTA Map

“This Red Line train is bound for Chard of Many Colors via Black Beans”.

Taken at the Trader Joe’s West Newton store… mostly recognisable as the MBTA “T” map, but with a few additions and exclusions. The Silver Line is now a light shade of blue and promises wild salmon, while the commuter rail lines now seem to sprout randomly from the end of “T” lines in a variety of different colours. Nice hand lettering, though!

Side note: “Heart Healthy Whole Grain Cranberry Oatmeal” is still a shorter station name than “U Street/African-American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo” from the Washington Metro. 

Source: Alisa Zomer/Twitter