The Great War

!00 years since our start of WW1. The living history guys were in fine form and had the coolest gear for their display.

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And for some real history, here is my great grandfather Cpl Berne Norton around 1917-1919. He served with the 1st Marine Expedition Force under General “Black Jack” Pershing.

BERNE NORTON BEFORE WWI

BERNE NORTON USMC 1919

CPL. BERNE NORTON AFTER WWI

Honest Abe

Granted he looked the part and but he was a bit short for the part. I really does not matter, the crowd loved him! And Mary Todd look fab too. 🙂

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And now for a bit of fun, how many historical mistakes are in this and what are they besides the obvious that it was taken in 2016 in downtown Knoxville. 😉

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A Bit of History

Last Saturday was history day in downtown Knoxville and I was there to soak it all in…. and take tons of pics.
Today is part one of civil war pics as portrayed by the 97th New York, the 97th fought in the western theatre of the civil war with general Grants forces and ended up garrisoning Knoxville Tennessee towards the end of the war. This group does and outstanding job of recreating the look and feel of the troops of that time, and the drummer and fife players were excellent too. 🙂

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Garrison Weekend pt. 2 Wall Gun and Cannon Drill

There were 4 small cannon posted at the four corners of the fort and 2 .90cal Wall Guns for portable firepower, basically the wal gun was a giant musket that could fire one big ball or a bunch of smaller balls for close in work.

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And as a bonus here are some pics from the forts buildings.

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Ft. Loudoun Garrison Weekend

Last Sunday I headed to Ft. Loudoun for one of their garrison weekends. Basically its a re-enactment of life in the mid 1700’s at a British frontier fort during the seven years war or as we call it here the French Indian war. In this post its all about the folks who lived their lives at the fort. On a note the original fort is 20 feet below this fort. After excavating the original the built up the land before Tennessee flooded the area to make Lake Tellico which is part of the Tennessee river.

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