History UsefulNotes / TheAmericanCivilWar

23rd Jan '18 6:26:06 PM Jhonny
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** After Sherman's troops captured the city of Milledgeville (The capitol city of Georgia at the time), they stormed into the capitol building and held a mock "legislative session", where they declared secession illegal and jokingly re-admitted the state back into the Union. Then they spent the night cooking their food around giant bonfires made from stacks of Confederate money.

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** After Sherman's troops captured the city of Milledgeville (The capitol city capital of Georgia at the time), they stormed into the capitol building and held a mock "legislative session", where they declared secession illegal and jokingly re-admitted the state back into the Union. Then they spent the night cooking their food around giant bonfires made from stacks of Confederate money.
23rd Jan '18 3:04:50 AM Ohio9
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* UnsportsmanlikeGloating: Grant's men began cheering after Lee's surrender at Appomattox, only for Grant to stop them.

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** After Sherman's troops captured the city of Milledgeville (The capitol city of Georgia at the time), they stormed into the capitol building and held a mock "legislative session", where they declared secession illegal and jokingly re-admitted the state back into the Union. Then they spent the night cooking their food around giant bonfires made from stacks of Confederate money.
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Grant's men began cheering after Lee's surrender at Appomattox, only for Grant to stop them.
22nd Jan '18 10:08:52 PM Ohio9
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*** The most notable aspect of this stand was the 21st Ohio Regiment's defense of Snodgrass Hill. Armed with 5-shot Colt revolving rifles, the 21st Ohio used their superior firepower to hold off wave after wave of Confederate assaults. Confederate troops taken prisoner by the 21st were stunned when they realized they had been fighting only a single regiment, most of them thinking they were fighting an entire division. Eventually the unit ran out of ammunition, having fired more then 43,000 rounds, and was ordered to make a bayonet charge with just 1 round per man, which ultimately failed. Still, they held their position until nightfall and then retreated under the cover of darkness. Of the 560 defenders on Snodgrass Hill, 265 were killed, wounded, or captured. This including the commanding officer, Lt. Colonel D. M. Stoughton, who was wounded and died a few months later, and the executive officer, Major Arnold [=McMahan=], who was taken prisoner.

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*** The most notable aspect of this stand was the 21st Ohio Regiment's defense of Snodgrass Hill. Armed with 5-shot Colt revolving rifles, the 21st Ohio used their superior firepower to hold off wave after wave of Confederate assaults. Confederate troops taken prisoner by the 21st were stunned when they realized they had been fighting only a single regiment, most of them thinking they were fighting an entire division. Eventually the unit ran out of ammunition, having fired more then 43,000 rounds, and it was ordered to make a bayonet charge with just 1 round per man, which ultimately failed. Still, they held their position until nightfall and then retreated under the cover of darkness. Of the 560 defenders on Snodgrass Hill, 265 were killed, wounded, or captured. This including the commanding officer, Lt. Colonel D. M. Stoughton, who was wounded and died a few months later, and the executive officer, Major Arnold [=McMahan=], who was taken prisoner.
20th Jan '18 7:09:32 PM Ohio9
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*** The most notable aspect of this stand was the 21st Ohio Regiment's defense of Snodgrass Hill. Armed with 5-shot Colt revolving rifles, the 21st Ohio used their superior firepower to hold off wave after wave of Confederate assaults. Confederate troops taken prisoner by the 21st were stunned when they realized they had been fighting only a single regiment, most of them thinking they were fighting an entire division. Eventually the unit ran out of ammunition, and was ordered to make a bayonet charge with just 1 round per man, which ultimately failed. Still, they held their position until nightfall and then retreated under the cover of darkness. Of the 560 defenders on Snodgrass Hill, 265 were killed, wounded, or captured. This including the commanding officer, Lt. Colonel D. M. Stoughton, who was wounded and died a few months later, and the executive officer, Major Arnold [=McMahan=], who was taken prisoner.

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*** The most notable aspect of this stand was the 21st Ohio Regiment's defense of Snodgrass Hill. Armed with 5-shot Colt revolving rifles, the 21st Ohio used their superior firepower to hold off wave after wave of Confederate assaults. Confederate troops taken prisoner by the 21st were stunned when they realized they had been fighting only a single regiment, most of them thinking they were fighting an entire division. Eventually the unit ran out of ammunition, having fired more then 43,000 rounds, and was ordered to make a bayonet charge with just 1 round per man, which ultimately failed. Still, they held their position until nightfall and then retreated under the cover of darkness. Of the 560 defenders on Snodgrass Hill, 265 were killed, wounded, or captured. This including the commanding officer, Lt. Colonel D. M. Stoughton, who was wounded and died a few months later, and the executive officer, Major Arnold [=McMahan=], who was taken prisoner.
20th Jan '18 9:54:04 AM HighCrate
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* CoolBoat: USS ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Monitor Monitor]]'' (first warship with a revolving turret, ''i.e.'', first modern warship) and CSS ''Virginia'', were the first ironclad warships to fight each other (though not the first to see combat). The former was built in response to the latter, and their [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hampton_Roads single battle]] is still considered a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for both navies. The second those two ships fired at each other, wooden ships were [[DeaderThanDisco heading for obsolescence]].[[note]]When it was seen how little damage the many hours of close-quarters cannon fire had inflicted (the ''Monitor'' was practically unscathed, the ''Virginia'' was damaged but still seaworthy), old-style cannon were heading that way too.[[/note]]

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* CoolBoat: USS ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Monitor Monitor]]'' (first warship with a revolving turret, ''i.e.'', first modern warship) and CSS ''Virginia'', were the first ironclad warships to fight each other (though not the first to see combat). The former was built in response to the latter, and their [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hampton_Roads single battle]] is still considered a SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for both navies. The second those two ships fired at each other, wooden ships were [[DeaderThanDisco [[TechnologyMarchesOn heading for obsolescence]].[[note]]When it was seen how little damage the many hours of close-quarters cannon fire had inflicted (the ''Monitor'' was practically unscathed, the ''Virginia'' was damaged but still seaworthy), old-style cannon were heading that way too.[[/note]]
20th Jan '18 4:26:13 AM Ohio9
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*** The most notable aspect of this stand was the 21st Ohio Regiment's defense of Snodgrass Hill. Armed with 5-shot Colt revolving rifles, the 21st Ohio used their superior firepower to hold off wave after wave of Confederate assaults involving massively superior numbers. Confederate troops taken prisoner by the 21st were stunned when they realized they had been fighting only a single regiment, most of them thinking they were fighting an entire division. Eventually the unit ran out of ammunition, and was ordered to make a bayonet charge with just 1 round per man, which ultimately failed. Still, they held their position until nightfall and then retreated under the cover of darkness. Of the 560 defenders on Snodgrass Hill, 265 were killed, wounded, or captured. This including the commanding officer, Lt. Colonel D. M. Stoughton, who was wounded and died a few months later, and the executive officer, Major Arnold McMahan, who was taken prisoner.

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*** The most notable aspect of this stand was the 21st Ohio Regiment's defense of Snodgrass Hill. Armed with 5-shot Colt revolving rifles, the 21st Ohio used their superior firepower to hold off wave after wave of Confederate assaults involving massively superior numbers.assaults. Confederate troops taken prisoner by the 21st were stunned when they realized they had been fighting only a single regiment, most of them thinking they were fighting an entire division. Eventually the unit ran out of ammunition, and was ordered to make a bayonet charge with just 1 round per man, which ultimately failed. Still, they held their position until nightfall and then retreated under the cover of darkness. Of the 560 defenders on Snodgrass Hill, 265 were killed, wounded, or captured. This including the commanding officer, Lt. Colonel D. M. Stoughton, who was wounded and died a few months later, and the executive officer, Major Arnold McMahan, [=McMahan=], who was taken prisoner.
20th Jan '18 4:23:11 AM Ohio9
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** General John Buford’s tactical brilliance meant he chose his ground perfectly, and his 2,000 cavalry troopers with their [[MoreDakka Spencer repeating carbines]] held off Confederate forces that would soon number 20,000 — buying time for General Reynolds to arrive with the First Corps to take position.

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** General John Buford’s tactical brilliance meant he chose his ground perfectly, and his 2,000 cavalry troopers with their [[MoreDakka Spencer repeating carbines]] breech-loading Sharps Carbines held off Confederate forces that would soon number 20,000 — buying time for General Reynolds to arrive with the First Corps to take position.


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*** The most notable aspect of this stand was the 21st Ohio Regiment's defense of Snodgrass Hill. Armed with 5-shot Colt revolving rifles, the 21st Ohio used their superior firepower to hold off wave after wave of Confederate assaults involving massively superior numbers. Confederate troops taken prisoner by the 21st were stunned when they realized they had been fighting only a single regiment, most of them thinking they were fighting an entire division. Eventually the unit ran out of ammunition, and was ordered to make a bayonet charge with just 1 round per man, which ultimately failed. Still, they held their position until nightfall and then retreated under the cover of darkness. Of the 560 defenders on Snodgrass Hill, 265 were killed, wounded, or captured. This including the commanding officer, Lt. Colonel D. M. Stoughton, who was wounded and died a few months later, and the executive officer, Major Arnold McMahan, who was taken prisoner.
20th Jan '18 3:20:23 AM Ohio9
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** Colt revolving rifles: An early attempt to incorporate revolver technology into a rifle, Colt revolving rifles gave a soldier the ability to fire five or six shots without reloading, a very significant firepower advantage over the standard muzzle-loaders of the time. The problem was the rifle generated so much heat that it could cause the spare rounds in the cylinder to cook off and fire inadvertently, sending rounds into the arm or hand of the luckless soldier wielding them. Many soldiers dealt with this risk by leaving all the spare chambers of the cylinder empty, which completely negated the firepower advantage the rifle was supposed to provide. Less then 5,000 were ever issued in the Union Army, and they proved to be such a significant safety hazard that the army eventually started selling them off at just 50 cents apiece to get rid of them.

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** Colt revolving rifles: An early attempt to incorporate revolver technology into a rifle, Colt revolving rifles gave a soldier the ability to fire five or six shots without reloading, a very significant firepower advantage over the standard muzzle-loaders of the time. The problem was the rifle generated so much heat that it could cause the spare rounds in the cylinder to cook off and fire inadvertently, sending rounds into the arm or hand of the luckless soldier wielding them. Many soldiers dealt with this risk by leaving all the spare chambers of the cylinder empty, which completely negated the firepower advantage the rifle was supposed to provide. Less then 5,000 were ever issued in the Union Army, Army. While some units, such as Berdan's Sharpshooters and the 21st Ohio volunteers, used them with superb results, they ultimately proved to be such a significant safety hazard that the army eventually started selling them off at just 50 cents apiece to get rid of them.
20th Jan '18 3:09:16 AM Ohio9
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** Colt revolving rifles: An early attempt to incorporate revolver technology into a rifle, Colt revolving rifles gave a soldier the ability to fire six shots without reloading, a very significant firepower advantage over the standard muzzle-loaders of the time. The problem was the rifle generated so much heat that it could cause the spare rounds in the cylinder to cook off and fire inadvertently, sending rounds into the arm or hand of the luckless soldier wielding them. Many soldiers dealt with this risk by leaving all the spare chambers of the cylinder empty, which completely negated the firepower advantage the rifle was supposed to provide. Less then 5,000 were ever issued in the Union Army, and they proved to be such a significant safety hazard that the army eventually started selling them off at just 50 cents apiece to get rid of them.

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** Colt revolving rifles: An early attempt to incorporate revolver technology into a rifle, Colt revolving rifles gave a soldier the ability to fire five or six shots without reloading, a very significant firepower advantage over the standard muzzle-loaders of the time. The problem was the rifle generated so much heat that it could cause the spare rounds in the cylinder to cook off and fire inadvertently, sending rounds into the arm or hand of the luckless soldier wielding them. Many soldiers dealt with this risk by leaving all the spare chambers of the cylinder empty, which completely negated the firepower advantage the rifle was supposed to provide. Less then 5,000 were ever issued in the Union Army, and they proved to be such a significant safety hazard that the army eventually started selling them off at just 50 cents apiece to get rid of them.
14th Jan '18 4:02:56 AM Ohio9
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* FriendlySniper: After amassing a fortune in the California gold rush, 52-year old Truman Head moved east to join the elite Berdan's Sharpshooter Unit, going into battle with a Sharps rifle he had purchased with his own money. Head, nicknamed "California Joe", would soon establish a reputation as one of the best snipers in his unit. He was well liked and respected by his comrades, and since he had no family, he put his $50,000 gold mining fortune into a trust for his fellow soldiers in case he was killed in action. Ultimately he would receive an early discharge as a result of failing eyesight in November of 1862.
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