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yeoman
07-02-2009, 06:09 PM
Sir and Ma'am, yesterday while the AC forum was down I found these articles in this paper and wanted to pass them along.

Weekly Columbus Georgia Enquirer, April 22, 1862
Muskets against rifles.--A young man, who was in the midst of the fight at Donelson, tells us, that, in the beginning, the enemy shot as rapidly as we did; but, after an hour or two, we fired twice to their once; and, before the battle was ended, we shot three times to their once. The reason of the difference was, that the enemy used rifles, which became foul and very difficult to load, while our men had muskets. This is a very important difference in favor of the musket, and may decide the fate of the empire.
Muskets at short range, from 50 to 150 yards---the shorter the better, are the best yet invented. The short range can generally be obtained by having an eye to the ground.---Richmond Whig.

This I found humorous and I post it with offense to none.
June 24, 1862
Jonathan Afraid of "Pie-an'-things."---The following is vouched for as having lately occurred at Nashville:
A little boy, a vendor of pies, started out with his basket, when he was accosted by a Federal on horse; a tempting pie was purchased, when the Fed, suspicious from a depraved nature, requested the boy to taste a piece, the boy complied, then returned it, the Fed commenced eating. The boy, understanding the fears of Uncle Sam's hireling, immediately sang out "Don't you think I know which side has the pisen?" The pie was thrown down hastily, but the boy kept the dime and the joke.

July 1, 1862
Blacking.--- A correspondent sends us the following: Fill a snuff bottle nearly full of soot from a common chimney, put in a good drink of whiskey, and the same quantity of vinegar, shake it well, and you have a first rate bottle of glossy blacking.

These and more at http://www.uttyler.edu/vbetts/columbus_enquirer.htm