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Myths of the Civil War : the fact, fiction and science behind the Civil War's most-told stories

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Summary

"In this genre-bending work of history, Scott Hippensteel reexamines many long-cherished myths of Civil War history-and ultimately shatters them, based on physics and mathematics"--

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Creator
Scott Hippensteel
Format
Books
Publication
  • Guilford, Connecticut : Stackpole Books, [2021]
Physical Details
  • v, 257 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBNs
9780811739979, 081173997X, 9780811769822, 9780811769822
OCLC
on1249709140

  • Includes bibliographical references and index.

  • Introduction: An overview of the tall tales -- Sedgwick was correct : the myth of the Civil War sniper -- The density of death -- Lead precipitation -- Ready, aim, reload -- The rifle musket revolution -- Eye of history or photographic fraud? -- The Civil War on canvas : realism vs. romanticism -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: Evaluating "knock-down power" or "striking power" of military rifles -- Appendix B: Effectiveness of Civil War revolvers in combat -- Appendix C: The faults with fake fighting -- Appendix D: Isaac Newton would have hated Civil War films
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