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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Black and White Tuesday: Two Forts

First we have Ft. Pickney also known as Castle Pickney. This small fort was built as a defence for the Charleston Harbour during the Civil War. Its small size and the fact that it was built on soggy ground only about a foot above sea level made it prone to flooding during storms and it could only handle light artillery and only rudimentary fortifications. When the city of Charleston slated it for demolition the organization “Daughters of the Confederacy stepped in and bought the ruins for a dollar with promises to maintain the fort for historical prosperity. There are no visitors allowed on the island and can only be viewed by boat.
You can click on the pics to make them bigger..
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The second fort is Ft. Sumpter and is positioned right in the middle of the entrance to Charleston Harbour. This is there the first shots of the Civil War too place but some say that Ft Moultrie fired the first shots in 1860 on a delegation from the north after South Carolina seceded. Its a moot point, Ft. Moultrie pounded Sumpter into submission and today all that’s left are the first floor of the fort and the ruins inside, when it was first built it was impressive with 3 stories of fortifications. During the Spanish American war they rebuilt a costal defence implacement within the ruins of old Sumpter and was used till the end of WW2 them was decommissioned and turned into a national landmark.
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The Guns of Chickamauga

In September of 1863 during the American Civil War 2 great armies converged just south of Chattanooga Tennessee in Northern Georgia at a place called Chickamauga which is cherokke for river of blood. Commanding the union forces was General Rosecrans and for the confederacy General Bragg. Over the next two days September 19-20 over 130,ooo men fought for the forests and hills of northern Georgia, when It was all over 40,000 men lay either killed or wounded from both sides, the union forces were routed off the battlefield but Bragg did not follow up his victory and in December the union forces came back and destroyed braggs forces at the battles of Lookout mountain and Missionary Ridge which overlooks Chattanooga Tennessee and sucessfully takes Bragg out of the war. Enjoy the slideshow..:-)

Sunday Stills: Vintage

Are ya’ll ready for some vintage “Heavy Metal”?

U.S.S. Alabama used from WW2 to the Gulf War

This is the U.S.S. Texas which served from the Spanish American war through WW2

The M2 Sherman tank, the mainstay of allied forces in WW2, then adopted by Isreal and used through the 6 day war.

Next we have something for my Canadian friends, a WW2 trainer used by the CAF..

And last but not least a real vintage piece, a 7pound “Parrot” gun used by Union forces during the American Civil War.