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Personal logo Private Matter Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2015 3:53 a.m. PST

I'm the #2 on the gun closest to the camera:
youtu.be/RVV8c8Qr1js

Who asked this joker06 Jul 2015 1:36 p.m. PST

That MC could have won the war single-handedly by talking the Union army to death. grin

The last minute and a half is worth the watch.

Personal logo Private Matter Supporting Member of TMP06 Jul 2015 6:45 p.m. PST

WATJ: Paul Branch, the MC and chief ranger for the park is a great guy and knowledgeable historian but I agree that there was a bit too talk. Imagine standing there in 90 degree heat wearing those uniforms. It was hot.

Who asked this joker07 Jul 2015 5:50 a.m. PST

Imagine standing there in 90 degree heat wearing those uniforms. It was hot.

No need to imagine. I've done it! I was a red leg (#2 man like YOU!) for about 6 years. Served on a full scale ordinance rifle, 10# parrot rifle, a mountain howitzer and was a ringer on a 12# napoleon. Never anything as big as a 32# though. Impressive!

But yes. I've endured the talks. I am sure the ranger/MC was quite knowledgeable or he would not be in the position he was in. Just needs to know his audience and consider the guys wearing wool too! wink

Old Wolfman08 Jul 2015 6:44 a.m. PST

One of my first assignments as a reenactor way back in the early 1990's,since I loaned my musket to a pard,was as a backup crewman on a mountain howitzer. I did get to help shift the carriage a bit,then stood back.

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