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by JV Puleo
Thu Oct 14, 2021 4:44 pm
Forum: Reviews & Commentary
Topic: What are you reading?
Replies: 4
Views: 2509

Re: What are you reading?

The memoirs of Prince Eugene of Savoy...Marlborough's great friend and collaborator in the War of the Spanish Succession. I've read at least one biography but had never seen the memoir, which isn't surprising since the English version was published in 1811. I indulged myself and bought it. It's real...
by JV Puleo
Sat Sep 25, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: CONTINENTAL AND MILITIA CAVALRY COMPARED: A CASE STUDY FROM SARATOGA, 1777
Replies: 5
Views: 230

Re: CONTINENTAL AND MILITIA CAVALRY COMPARED: A CASE STUDY FROM SARATOGA, 1777

They must be. In every army mounted troops were more expensive to maintain than infantry. Where the Revolution is concerned, we have to add the complications brought on by quasi-state control of the units...yes, it was the "Continental Army" but the regiments were still affiliated with the...
by JV Puleo
Fri Sep 24, 2021 9:36 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: CONTINENTAL AND MILITIA CAVALRY COMPARED: A CASE STUDY FROM SARATOGA, 1777
Replies: 5
Views: 230

Re: CONTINENTAL AND MILITIA CAVALRY COMPARED: A CASE STUDY FROM SARATOGA, 1777

When the French arrived one of their units was Lauzun's Legion - a mounted unit equipped as Hussars. For lack of space they couldn't bring their horses so the entire unit - I think there were between 600 and 900 mounted men - was mounted here. It was billeted in Lebanon, Connecticut because there wa...
by JV Puleo
Sun Sep 05, 2021 4:36 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: CONTINENTAL AND MILITIA CAVALRY COMPARED: A CASE STUDY FROM SARATOGA, 1777
Replies: 5
Views: 230

Re: CONTINENTAL AND MILITIA CAVALRY COMPARED: A CASE STUDY FROM SARATOGA, 1777

An interesting article but I'm most impressed by the very small numbers involved. Whether Continental or Militia, mounted troops could have done little more than some scouting and carrying dispatches. There certainly couldn't have been an large mounted clashes. The British also had relatively few mo...
by JV Puleo
Mon Nov 16, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: horse use Churchill
Replies: 6
Views: 853

Re: horse use Churchill

We should also keep in mind that the Germans used an enormous amount of captured equipment, from small arms to tanks...their industrial capacity, while great, was never able to supply all their requirements while the US produced so much more than it could use that it could afford to aid both the Bri...
by JV Puleo
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:12 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: horse use Churchill
Replies: 6
Views: 853

Re: horse use Churchill

We should also keep in mind that Churchill was talking about civilian use of motor transport. Of all the belligerents in WWII only the U.S. and Britain were fully mechanized. The Germans used a huge number of horses although the Propaganda Ministry was careful not to show that very often...giving th...
by JV Puleo
Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Mounted police, Pittsburg steel strike, September 22, 1919.
Replies: 1
Views: 588

Re: Mounted police, Pittsburg steel strike, September 22, 1919.

They'd be the Pennsylvania Mounted Police. Trooper wrote an article about their trapdoor Springfield carbines several years ago.
by JV Puleo
Thu Sep 12, 2019 8:34 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Silver-faced Dragoon bit
Replies: 4
Views: 890

Re: Silver-faced Dragoon bit

I don't know a thing about bits so I can't address that issue but from a technological point of view, it likely fits in the period between 1800 and 1840. I'm not sure when electroplating silver became widespread but it rapidly displaced Sheffield plate, at least for anything that was not going to se...
by JV Puleo
Fri Jul 26, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: Silver-faced Dragoon bit
Replies: 4
Views: 890

Re: Silver-faced Dragoon bit

It should be silver if it was used by a Dragoon. Even though they had long lost that part of their function, Dragoons were, technically, mounted Infantry, There is actually no period reference that tells up what color the buttons and sword mounts were for War of 1812 Dragoons but the little survivin...
by JV Puleo
Wed Jul 10, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: A look at one of the early replacements for the horse
Replies: 114
Views: 42493

Re: A look at one of the early repalcements for the horse

I'm five or six years into the engine and nowhere near done - and I work on it most days so yes, a daunting task. I think it's interesting that they carried a machine shop with them! The mobile machine shops were a WWI development. That 62 miles in 10-1/2 hours must have seemed like flying in 1919. jp
by JV Puleo
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Public Forum - General Topics
Topic: A look at one of the early replacements for the horse
Replies: 114
Views: 42493

Re: A look at one of the early repalcements for the horse

It's interesting that this wasn't even tried until after WWI. Of course, the US is huge compared to any of the European countries (except Russia) and our road system was poor. That was, in part, due to the railroad. Railroads were so successful in moving material that what road system had existed be...
by JV Puleo
Tue Apr 03, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Artifacts & Objects & Wanted/Selling
Topic: M1917 Revolvers During the Great War
Replies: 5
Views: 1694

Re: M1917 Revolvers During the Great War

My friend Mr. Smith certainly was in France - he had a drawer full of photographs and showed me several souvenirs he'd brought home. I remember a German veterans decorated pipe and several of those unit reunion beer steins. They were in a drawer in his living room, still in the boxes he'd sent them ...
by JV Puleo
Tue Apr 03, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Artifacts & Objects & Wanted/Selling
Topic: M1917 Revolvers During the Great War
Replies: 5
Views: 1694

Re: M1917 Revolvers During the Great War

Many years ago I knew a WWI veteran named (believe it or not, his real name) Bill Smith. Mr. Smith had served with a Yankee Division engineer unit...he was a pattern maker by trade. He traded me his WWI .45 auto for a 1917 revolver because he'd' always wanted one. According to him the front line tro...
by JV Puleo
Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Artifacts & Objects & Wanted/Selling
Topic: Video on Colt Walker
Replies: 19
Views: 4805

Re: Video on Colt Walker

My experience, which I admit is limited with reproductions, suggests that none of them are made to the standards of the originals. I/m not even sure the more modern materials are much of an advantage. After all, the original materials did the job well and have lasted much more than a century. No rep...
by JV Puleo
Fri Feb 23, 2018 5:50 am
Forum: Artifacts & Objects & Wanted/Selling
Topic: Video on Colt Walker
Replies: 19
Views: 4805

Re: Video on Colt Walker

It seems hard to imagine that they would have effectively disabled a working revolver – one that was quite valuable at the time – in order to get an extra cylinder, although I can imagine salvaging some from otherwise inoperative arms. That said, a question remains as to just how interchangeable Pat...
by JV Puleo
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:14 pm
Forum: Artifacts & Objects & Wanted/Selling
Topic: Video on Colt Walker
Replies: 19
Views: 4805

Re: Video on Colt Walker

Pat,
You are the perfect person to carry out a test... do you think that a dragoon cylinder could be removed, changed and capped while wearing cavalry gauntlets and riding at the same time?

Actually, think I know the answer to that.

jp
by JV Puleo
Wed Feb 21, 2018 5:56 am
Forum: Artifacts & Objects & Wanted/Selling
Topic: Video on Colt Walker
Replies: 19
Views: 4805

Re: Video on Colt Walker

To the best of my knowledge, no one has ever been able to document the issue of spare cylinders to the military or their sale by Colt. Some cased Patterson revolvers were furnished with them and the original Patterson design required the cylinder to be removed in order to reload it. After the additi...
by JV Puleo
Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:50 am
Forum: Artifacts & Objects & Wanted/Selling
Topic: Video on Colt Walker
Replies: 19
Views: 4805

Re: Video on Colt Walker

The expression "going off half-cocked" is MUCH older than the advent of the percussion revolver. It goes back at least 100 years earlier - perhaps 150 years earlier to the earliest flintlocks. It is of the same origin as "lock, stock & barrel" and "keep your powder dry&q...
by JV Puleo
Tue Nov 07, 2017 3:54 pm
Forum: Artifacts & Objects & Wanted/Selling
Topic: Rebels? Yankees? Or something else?
Replies: 7
Views: 3129

Re: Rebels? Yankees? Or something else?

This is almost certainly the John Q. Adams that was a CW Cavalry officer and great-grandson of John Adams. I suspect he held a post-war Massachusetts militia commission so these may be militia Cavalry c.1870?
by JV Puleo
Wed Dec 07, 2016 11:33 am
Forum: Reviews & Commentary
Topic: New book in - U.S. Military Arms Inspector Marks
Replies: 1
Views: 2936

New book in - U.S. Military Arms Inspector Marks

This is just in (I unloaded the truck yesterday) http://i118.photobucket.com/albums/o91/JVPuleo/Inspector%20marks%201_zpsdfvzkzmu.jpg It is amazingly comprehensive, covering everything from the earliest Federal Musket and sabers to the M1911 and M1 Garand. I've already used it a few times to solve l...