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To: billnaz
I've read his trilogy over and over again, and found only one error, where he puts Spencer carbines in the hands of John Buford's troops as they held off Ewell's corps west of town. Buford's guys carried mostly Sharps carbines. The Spencer carbine didn't get in the hands of the troops until the following October.

There has certainly been a lot of confusion about whether Buford's men had single shot carbines or Spencer repeating rifles (as I learned in researching my ancestors' 8th IL Cav). It's too bad Foote never cleared it up in later printings or speeches.

Nevertheless, his writing and speaking style was superb, and the fact that he spent 20 years researching and writing his three volume narrative is impressive.

87 posted on 06/28/2005 12:34:05 PM PDT by ravinson
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To: ravinson

Some of the confusion might come from the fact that members of Custer's Michigan Brigade on the eastern side of the battlefield carried Spencer repeating rifles, or so I've heard.

Hats off to your brave ancestors in the 8th Illinois Cavalry. I understand that a few of my ancestors were in Ewell's corps opposing them.


99 posted on 06/28/2005 1:14:45 PM PDT by billnaz (Retired Soldier and Proud NRA member.)
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