Civil War


Every wondered what a smooth bore cannon shot looked like?

I bet the majority of the  people think at during the Civil War the loader just tossed in a cannon ball.  Not really as the most of the shot was a shell.   The smooth bore was liked for is quick loading.  The exploding shell made up for it lack of accuracy.   Below is an original confederate shell.Nice view of the Bormann fuze 

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157 years ago the Battle for Fort Donelson began 14 Feb 1862

14 February 1862 – American Civil War – General Ulysses S. Grant maneuvers his army to attack Fort Donelson, TN by land while US naval gunboats attack via the Cumberland River. Meanwhile, the Confederates hold off the gunboats and prepare to fight their way out of Grant's trap the next day. The Battle of Fort Donelson was fought from February 12–16, 1862, in the Western Theater of the American Civil War. (Fort Donelson National Battlefield)

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Confederate Cook and Brother rifles and carbine

I have a great love for civil war era arms.  For 25year I made first class replicas of  civil war rifles and carbine for peopl in the N-SSA.  The N-SSA or North south skirmish association is a live fire group of  civil war shooter. The Cook and brothers carbine was one I wanted to make but didn't get around to it.  This company made enfield pattern rifles and carbine.   They at the beginning of the war where some of the finest weapons around..   Here is a great video on the Cook and Brothers firearms.

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Duke Seifried passed away yesterday

Duke Seifried Aug 19, 1935 – Sept 29, 2018Word has come in that Bruce “Uncle Duke” Seifried has passed away from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF).  If you’re in the miniatures gaming hobby, you probably knew of “Uncle Duke”.  He was intimately involved in the creation of the hobby, even before there was such a notion.  Duke was a born salesman.. and more importantly a showman.  He knew that the way to sell the hobby was to sell the sizzle, so he could be seen at all the big conventions back in the late 70s and early 80s, showing off the wares, making connections, and selling the fun.  He was an early pioneer who saw the potential of miniatures with roleplaying games (which was mostly D&D in those days). Duke worked for a lot of companies over the years, TSR, Heritage Models and other outfits (often with whomever he could form an alliance with to market toy soldiers).  By the 1990s, miniature wargaming and “adventure gaming”, as he coined the phrase, had developed into a th

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Duke Seifried passed away yesterday 29 Sept 2018

Duke Seifried Aug 19, 1935 – Sept 29, 2018Word has come in that Bruce “Uncle Duke” Seifried has passed away from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF).  If you’re in the miniatures gaming hobby, you probably knew of “Uncle Duke”.  He was intimately involved in the creation of the hobby, even before there was such a notion.  Duke was a born salesman.. and more importantly a showman.  He knew that the way to sell the hobby was to sell the sizzle, so he could be seen at all the big conventions back in the late 70s and early 80s, showing off the wares, making connections, and selling the fun.  He was an early pioneer who saw the potential of miniatures with roleplaying games (which was mostly D&D in those days). Duke worked for a lot of companies over the years, TSR, Heritage Models and other outfits (often with whomever he could form an alliance with to market toy soldiers).  By the 1990s, miniature wargaming and “adventure gaming”, as he coined the phrase, had developed into a th

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