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The Gatling Gun: The Early Years of 19th Century High Tech

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The Gatling Gun: The Early Years of 19th Century High Tech

The Gatling gun was born in a storm of irony. It was designed by the American Dr. Richard J. Gatling in 1861 and patented a year later. Gatling repeatedly reminded all who would listen that he created the gun to save lives by reducing the size of armies while ultimately demonstrating the futility of war.

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The Kentucky Longrifle: Davey Crockett’s “Ole Betsy” Likely Not at The Alamo

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Davey Crockett’s “Ole Betsy”

Few guns in American history are more legendary and less accurately depicted in use than the so-called Kentucky longrifle.  In its most famous, romantic iteration, the gun is said to have been wielded by Davey Crockett in 1836 during the 13-day siege at The Alamo.  American schoolchildren who received far too great a proportion of their history lessons from popular 1950’s television programs were all but hypnotized by images of actor Fess Parker in his Disney-produced role of Davey Crockett fighting the Mexican hordes with longrifle “Ole Betsy” in his hands.

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How Poorly Reasoned Government Procurement of Cavalry Long Guns Led to Defeat at Little Bighorn

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Cavalry Long Guns

Of all the disadvantages that contributed to the annihilation of Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer’s five-troop battalion at the Battle of the Little Bighorn –among them superior numbers of enemy forces (a 5:1 ratio seems a safe bet), criminal disobedience of direct orders by junior officers in command of support battalions, and terrain so inimical to cavalry maneuvering as to negate every advantage commonly enjoyed by mounted troops in generically similar situations – none was more devastating than the inferiority of the Seventh Cavalry’s government-issued single shot carbines.

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Hiking the Little Bighorn: Fire + Science = Truth

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Last Stand Hill

In the space of less than two hours on the hot, dusty Sunday afternoon of June 25, 1876, Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer led five troops of his Seventh U.S. Cavalry – 200-plus souls – to annihilation by Lakota (Sioux) and Cheyenne warriors on the bluffs overlooking the Little Bighorn River in eastern Montana.

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Preserving the Planet: Impassioned Stewardship and Enlightened Interaction

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Earth Day - April 22

April 22 marks the 48th anniversary of Earth Day, the international environmental force with a mission “to diversify, educate, and activate the environmental movement worldwide.”

The first Earth Day, in 1970, mobilized 20 million Americans of diverse backgrounds. By 1990, after passage of the landmark Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and other groundbreaking environmental laws, Earth Day had swollen its ranks of supporters to 200 million people in 141 countries.
Today, the Earth Day Network stands as the planet’s largest recruiter to the environmental movement. More than 1 billion people from 195 countries participate in Earth Day activities – the largest civic observance in history.

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