Monthly Archives: March 2014

Minie-Ball and its Parabolic Trajectory

The Minie ball, the bullet most identify as the weapon of mass destruction in the civil war, bears the name of French Army Captain Claude -Etienne Minie. He is generally credited with solving the problem of using expanding gasses to … Continue reading

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Muskets and Rifle Muskets

As promised, I have placed all of this together in one place to make it easier to understand: topography, cross-sections and photos. Click on the header bar above under Technical Data. This concludes PART 1 of my research into the … Continue reading

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The Map Terrain

In my previous blog, I looked at the cross-section view of the swale. In this blog, we will look at the 2-foot contour Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping of Mercer Square available from the City of Fredericksburg .  I provide … Continue reading

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Swale in Cross section

I went in search of topographic maps that might help me answer two questions: what could the confederate soldier see, and how much protection did a union soldier have if he were in the swale?  Online, I found fairly modern … Continue reading

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