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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Sep 2018 12:55 p.m. PST

Interesting… land mines?…. how and where?….


Thanks in advance for your guidance.


wpilon08 Sep 2018 2:03 p.m. PST

The Rebels used land mines on the approaches to Ft. McAllister in Richmond Hill GA. They are apparently artillery shells buried in the ground with some sort of pressure fuse. The mines caused most of the U.S. Casualties taking the fort. After the fort was secured Sherman set the Rebel prisoners to clearing the mines despite much protesting and whining.


William Warner08 Sep 2018 4:57 p.m. PST

They were also used in the Confederate defenses at Yorktown in 1862.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2018 3:32 p.m. PST

Many thanks!….


LostPict Supporting Member of TMP09 Sep 2018 5:39 p.m. PST

They had Galvanic Mines at Fort Fusher; these were for remote detonation.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Sep 2018 10:52 a.m. PST

Thanks also!.


Personal logo John the Greater Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 11:35 a.m. PST

At the time there was a distinction between "land torpedoes", sea (or river)torpedoes and spar torpedoes.. All actually predate the US Civil War.

If you are really interested in the topic of mines I recommend Norman Youngblood's book: The Development of Mine Warfare: a Most Murderous and Barbarous Conduct.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP11 Sep 2018 11:43 a.m. PST

Many thanks my good friend!.


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