Bubba lives in history...


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Preacherman
October 18, 2004, 10:23 PM
We've seen lots of reports of Bubbas blowing themselves and/or others up with their super-hot reloads, or doing dumb things with guns. It's refreshing to learn that this is all part of our great American tradition! As evidence, I give you the tale of Private Sam Stephens of the Pulaski (GA) Volunteers in 1861:
[The Pulaski boys] decided to disperse to their homes while they waited to see whether Jefferson Davis had any employment for them. A prearranged signal would call them back to Hawkinsville if the good news came that they could go to war.

The signal was to be the firing of an old cannon that the town owned - no one could remember where it came from - and the man entrusted with handling the gun, when the time came, was seventeen-year-old Sam Stephens. Stephens's fellow soldiers would one day describe him as "a whole-souled man and a brave soldier" but also as "the mischief man of the company". He had requested the honor of firing the signal shot with a promise "to give a report that would be heard by the members in the remotest corners of the county, even those who were asleep."

In mid-May ... word came ... that the company ... should start at once for Richmond. [Captain] Ryan told Stephens to go ahead and fire the cannon. Afterward Sam never would tell his friends in the company just how much powder he had used. He carefully placed the gun next to a very large tree and somehow contrived to stand behind the tree and reach around it to apply the slow match to the touchhole of the cannon. The report was indeed heard for a considerable distance, and one of the Pulaski boys later reported, "It is said that only one small portion of the cannon could be found, and that was in the rear of Manning's store ... a distance of three or four hundred yards, where it had fallen and killed a hog." Sam was unhurt, though the tree was much the worse for wear.

(Source: "A Scythe Of Fire", by Wilkinson & Woodworth, pp. 20-21.)

Aaaahhh... history! :D

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4v50 Gary
October 18, 2004, 11:06 PM
It is virtually impossible to read a Civil War regimental history, diary or journal and not come across a negligent discharge incident in which some poor soul is injured or killed.

Bellesiles cites the numerous accidents to inexperience with firearms. However, you find NDs even with the Union sharpshooter units (and they were suppose to know how to handle and shoot guns).

Standing Wolf
October 18, 2004, 11:38 PM
Brought to you by the "Hold my beer. Watch this!" school of firearms safety.

Zundfolge
October 19, 2004, 12:41 AM
Ah ... one of Billl's ancestors for sure ... thankfuly he's learned a few lessons from them :neener:


http://www.thehighroad.org/attachment.php?s=&postid=1231309
Naw ... a few grains more won't hurt.

4v50 Gary
October 19, 2004, 01:17 AM
Since mortars were brought up...


The Confederates and Union both bored/burnt out tree stumps to make them into mortars. The Union one was better in that they shrunk red hot iron loops around them as reinforcement. Either did the job of sending a ball in a high trajectory down upon their opponent.

RavenVT100
October 19, 2004, 10:33 AM
Don't forget the chains that they would stuff inside cannons. I would not have wanted to be on the receiving end of one of those.

SB88LX
October 20, 2004, 07:12 AM
Raven, just like the scene from final destination 2, where the barb wire fence slices the guy in 3.

Cool Hand Luke 22:36
October 20, 2004, 10:58 AM
Bellesiles cites the numerous accidents to inexperience with firearms. However, you find NDs even with the Union sharpshooter units (and they were suppose to know how to handle and shoot guns).

Bellesiles is a proven fraud and a liar. He has been forced to resign his tenured University position at Emory as a result of his fraudulent "research" in the field of firearms ownership in historical America.

The publishing company that he defrauded has attempted to buy back all outstanding copies of Bellesiles 2000 book: "Arming America" and destroy them.

He is not a credible source on anything related to firearms, their use, or ownership of them.



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http://www.emorywheel.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2002/10/25/3db9bc0a08df2

News

Bellesiles resigns as fraud investigation ends
External panel asserts guilt in July; main report released today

By Michael de la Merced
Senior Editor

October 25, 2002


"In a University statement, Interim Dean of the College Robert Paul said he accepted Bellesiles' resignation, effective Dec. 31. The announcement was released along with the long-awaited results of an Investigative Committee's inquiry into allegations of scholarly fraud against Bellesiles.

The Committee, headed by Stanley Katz, a professor of public and international affairs at Princeton University (N.J.), concluded that Bellesiles was guilty of both substandard research methodology and of willfully misrepresenting specific evidence in Arming America"

Roadkill Coyote
October 20, 2004, 10:42 PM
http://www.history.navy.mil/photos/images/h58000/h58906k.jpg

4v50 Gary
October 20, 2004, 11:38 PM
I concur with you Cool Hand Luke.

Bellesiles cited the # of accidents as "evidence" that Americans were unfamilar with firearms. My point is that even experienced shooters have ND and hence the reference that there were NDs w/injuries in the sharpshooter units.

Mixlesplick
October 21, 2004, 12:14 AM
Bubba shot the juke box. :D

STW
October 21, 2004, 07:58 PM
The picture of the explosion of the Peace-maker is more telling when you know that the explosion killed, among other folks, the Secretary of the Navy.

I would hazard a guess that someone thought they'd make the shot very impressive to everyone visiting for the show, a sort of, "Hey, Watch This!" without the beer.

1911Tuner
October 21, 2004, 08:14 PM
Yew rang?:cool:

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