July 25th, 2012: Views Into the Civil War

Posted on: 07/26/2012
Today we will bring you more camp scenes from Harrison's Landing, where the Union Army of the Potomac was based for much of the summer of 1862.



The top scene in the above drawing is labeled "boring new vents," and shows an interesting part of the workings of an artillery battery that doesn't often get seen.  Cannon vents often suffered corrosion as the fulminated mercury used in primers ate away at the metal.

The bottom scene is a rather mundane scene of the cooks of the 1st Massachusetts Artillery, but a great scene to learn more about what the armies would have looked like 150 years ago today.

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