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Civil War reenactment participant shot in Isle of Wight County(Reb halts Yankee victory celebration)
WAVY.com ^ | Sep 27, 2008 | Katie Collett

Posted on 10/01/2008 4:44:57 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo

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Apparently there's a few who have not heard the news from Appomattox yet.
1 posted on 10/01/2008 4:44:57 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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Was Cheney there? Sad deal all around. At least he wasn’t killed.


2 posted on 10/01/2008 4:48:47 AM PDT by refermech
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Glad the guy is okay.

So what movie is this? (crosses fingers for third installment of Gettysburg series)


3 posted on 10/01/2008 4:53:27 AM PDT by Slapshot68
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Typically, it is the ram rod left in the barrel in the excitement. After the Gettysburg, anniversary and several incidents, our unit removed ram rods entirely during actual reenactments. Not realistic, but keeps it from being real.


4 posted on 10/01/2008 4:53:49 AM PDT by doodad
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

That wasn’t a peace treaty. That was just a cease-fire...


5 posted on 10/01/2008 4:53:54 AM PDT by gridlock (The Democrats have attacked Motherhood. If they attack Baseball and Apple Pie, we got it made!)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
"They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist--"
Union General John Sedgwick(suffering head-shot by Confederate sniper)
6 posted on 10/01/2008 4:58:34 AM PDT by laotzu
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I wonder if they found the bullet.


7 posted on 10/01/2008 5:01:43 AM PDT by ReformedBeckite
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Some loud mouth asked me one time what would happen if a participant started using live rounds. I told him both sides would hang the guy on the spot. No trial and it would be done without contacting the authorities.

The closest to this I had ever witnessed was a drunk on the sideline yelling a lot of inappropriate insults. After the the “battle” was over, a large group took the guy out of the crowd and “executed” him by “firing squad” complete with blindfold. The crowd loved it.

8 posted on 10/01/2008 5:04:06 AM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (NRA - Vote against the dem party)
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No, just a stupid accident by someone who had no business being out on that field during that re-enactment.

I'm a former CW re-enactor, with years of experience at both small and big events. After a guy with the 7th Virginia Infantry got shot accidentally at the huge 135th Anniversary Battle of Gettysburg re-enactment by a Frenchman who had flown over for the event without any training or experience and had fallen in with a less-than reputable Union cavalry unit, the hobby at large instituted wide-spread safety inspections before each scenario and required accountability on the part of battalion and brigade commanders.

Although there was a subsequent accident at Raymond, Mississippi, in which a guy got shot (through his testicles) with a .36 pistol round, the safety guidelines and intense weapons inspections have been quite successful since then. Obviously, at this event, the safety regime broke down, and someone got hurt. Both the event organizers and the the re-enactment community at large will suffer for it.

My guess is that it was some stupid cavalryman (infantry don't carry pistols--and they weren't close enough for a Confederate officer to have done it), who likes to target shoot his pistol at home and forgot that he had loaded it with a live round before coming to the event. That this guy's unit failed to properly inspect and pass the pistol is damning in the extreme. And he should NOT have been aiming directly at this Union cavalryman with the pistol, like it was a water gun.

9 posted on 10/01/2008 5:05:35 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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According to all safety guidelines, ramrods should NEVER be pulled after leaving camp and after unit inspections, certainly never on the field.


10 posted on 10/01/2008 5:06:53 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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Ramrod for a pistol?


11 posted on 10/01/2008 5:07:12 AM PDT by Past Your Eyes (You knew the job was dangerous when you took it.)
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To: Colonel Kangaroo
What the 73-year-old was actually hit with was a round from an 1860 Colt Army Revolver. Tom says the moment he was shot, every thought ran through his mind at once.


12 posted on 10/01/2008 5:08:40 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life ;o)
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Battle reenactment is a great way to impress history on kids and adults. But it just takes one careless person. Hopefully, this incident will have the typical positive safety effects of a close call.


13 posted on 10/01/2008 5:08:56 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Shooter 2.5

Battle reenactment is a great way to impress history on kids and adults. But it just takes one careless person. Hopefully, this incident will have the typical positive safety effects of a close call.


14 posted on 10/01/2008 5:08:57 AM PDT by Colonel Kangaroo
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To: Past Your Eyes
No for muskets. Pistols have their own packing levers.

What he was saying is that usually these types of accidents involve someone using their ramrod on their musket against safety rules, getting carried away, leaving it in the barrel after packing the powder, and then shooting it down range toward the opposing battle line. It happens occasionally, but almost never hits anyone.

Back in the 1990s, at an infamous event at Monmouth, New Jersey, a guy did get hit in the head by a worm that someone had left in their musket barrel. He almost died, and as a result, the hobby almost collapsed because of the lawsuits that followed.

15 posted on 10/01/2008 5:13:00 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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I wonder if they found the bullet.

Yes, they extracted the round from his shoulder and gave it to him. More info here.

And, no, I had nothing to do with this 'un...

16 posted on 10/01/2008 5:13:01 AM PDT by Jonah Hex ("Never underestimate the hungover side of the Force.")
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To: Colonel Kangaroo

Just keeping it real.


17 posted on 10/01/2008 5:14:14 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: doodad

Not realistic, but keeps it from being real

After the battle of Gettysburg, guns collected off the battlefield were found to contain more than one “load” as well as the ramrod. Quite a few rifles were found to be loaded with up to 5 bullets. In the excitement of battle, many soldiers forgot to aim and pull the trigger but just kept on loading.


18 posted on 10/01/2008 5:15:14 AM PDT by Paisan
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My guess is that it was some stupid cavalryman (infantry don't carry pistols--and they weren't close enough for a Confederate officer to have done it),

The reenacters are saying the shot came from the confederate infantry side.

19 posted on 10/01/2008 5:15:25 AM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (NRA - Vote against the dem party)
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Officer then? Unless, it was one of those stupid local “shoot-out” events where the Confederate reenactors think they are Josey Wales. I’ve seem my share of those too, and have walked away.


20 posted on 10/01/2008 5:18:08 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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