Henry Hunt on “short howitzers for vertical fire”

When discussing artillery’s ballistic properties, the terms “horizontal fire” and “vertical fire” come into play.  As the names imply, these refer to the path of the projectile relative to the earth’s surface.  Due to gravity and other natural forces, horizontal fire is not ruler-straight, but a flat curve.  Vertical fire, likewise, is not straight upContinue reading “Henry Hunt on “short howitzers for vertical fire””

150 Years Ago: At Fredericksburg, one shot clears the tannery

The battle of Fredericksburg might have “effectively” ended with the stalled assaults on Marye’s Heights at sunset on December 13, 1862. But the Federals continued to occupy the city and ground in front of Marye’s Heights for two more days.  The battle lines exchanged fire throughout those days. Among the shots fired on December 15Continue reading “150 Years Ago: At Fredericksburg, one shot clears the tannery”

How long have those howitzers been at the Castillo de San Marcos?

How can I be done with St. Augustine and the Castillo de San Marcos?  There’s just TOO much to discuss!  History at every turn! Within the resources indexed by the Library of Congress, hundreds of photos from St. Augustine provide us glimpses of the city and the fort at different times in history (or atContinue reading “How long have those howitzers been at the Castillo de San Marcos?”