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A collection of bedtime stories - or sharpshooter tales

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by 4v50 Gary, Jan 3, 2003.

  1. LoneGoose

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    Jack Hinson

    I just today discovered this thread. I will eventually read all of it because it is so interesting. I did a search for and quotes about Jack Hinson (since he was from my stomping grounds), but found only one reference about the book on him. I'm not a typist, so operating a keyboard is tedious and frustrating (I try to correct my mis-types). But in this post and following ones I'll give you all some interesting quotes from Tom C. McKenney's "Jack Hinson's One-Man War".

    p.166: ...his favorite vantage point... would be in southwest Stewart County, a high and rugged bluff overlooking the Tennessee River at the mouth of Hurricane Creek. From there...he would exact a terrible toll on men and morale aboard Grant's gunboats and transports.

    p.176: The rifle...had a full stock...made of tiger maple. The unusually heavy, octagonal barrel was 41 inches long from muzzle to tang, nearly 1.5 inches in outside diameter, and bored to .50 caliber. ... Jack's new rifle weighed eighteen pounds.

    Hinson's first two targets were the Union lieutenant and sergeant who had executed and beheaded his two sons. He dispatched them in short-range ambushes on separate occasions. Personal vendetta fed, he began his methodical long-range sniping of Union river traffic.

    p. 254: The thing that made his firing point perfect was the location of the river's channel... The passage was narrow, close in, and the current was both swift and powerful. Southbound boats not only had to pass right under Jack's bluff, but they moved...so slowly as to be almost stationary targets.
     
  2. LoneGoose

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    Jack Hinson 2

    I'm continuing some excerpts from Tom C. McKenney's "Jack Hinson's One-Man War".

    Perched in his bluff hideout, Hinson observed a US Navy gunboat straining to make headway against the current running through the "chute".

    p. 256: There was no wind; the range was about six hundred yards..... Before the report of the rifle reached the boat, the captain was slammed to his knees...

    On another day, Hinson targeted a transport carrying a company of infantry troops. He chose the most senior man on the deck. His bullet struck the captain in the left-center chest, passed through him, and buried itself in a lieutenant's leg. On page 266, he again shoots a Union officer on another Union boat.

    The book continues on recounting several more sniping situations, giving ample time to the event where Hinson made several kills on a heavily-laden Union cargo ship.

    p. 297: From high above, Jack Hinson wondered if his old eyes were playing tricks on him...the captain had surrendered his boat - to him. He had captured the boat, complete with cargo, deck guns, surviving crew, and the embarked infantry unit, weapons and all. although the captain didn't realize it, he had placed his entire ship at the feet of one amazed old man.

    I'm done with typing for now. I highly recommend this book. It is an easy read, is interesting, and might influence someone to make a reproduction of Jack Hinson's rifle.

    THR rocks.
     
  3. 4v50 Gary

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    It.was.never.clear.to.me.whether.Hinsons.rifle.fired.a.conical.or.round.ball.
     
  4. LoneGoose

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    The book says Minie, Hinson having a mold that was made with the gun.
     
  5. kBob

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    Gary,

    Are you using "talk -speak" or something that is adding those periods?

    -kBob
     
  6. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    Other computer's bad keyboard compelled me to use periods to space the words.

    This past Monday I visited the National Park's Wash-ita Battlefield (actually massacre) site and bought the book, Wash-ita Memories. It's a compilation of first hand accounts from both sides and includes the list of Custer's sharpshooters. This corps d' elite was excused from normal camp duty so that they may maintain and refine their shooting skills.
     
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