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In Defense of James W. Ripley
Was James Ripley Really Such an Idiot? Ever since I was a little boy, I’ve been hearing collectors heap abuse on James Wolfe Ripley, the Union’s Chief of Ordnance during the initial years of the Civil War. People really don’t like this guy…and he’s been dead since 1870! The reasons
In Next Issue: Childhood Cannon Memories
How many memories do you have from your childhood Not ones that can be brought back to mind by photos, but solid chunks of recollection that live with you day in and day out for the rest of your life? I have rich memories that come to me randomly, but
Robert Gould Shaw Civil War Battle Sword
A few months ago, we were contacted by the Massachusetts Historical Society and asked to take photographs of a sword that had just been donated…but we were sworn to secrecy about what it was! Well, now we are allowed to spill the beans. It is the previously unknown battle sword