Cemetery Gun: The gun, which the museum dates to 1710, is mounted on a mechanism that allows it to spin freely. Cemetery keepers set up the flintlock weapon at the foot of a grave, with three tripwires strung in an arc around its position. A prospective grave-robber, stumbling over the tripwire in the dark, would trigger the weapon—much to his own misfortune.
George W. G. Ferris built the first Ferris Wheel for the 1893 Chicago Worlds Fair to prove that America could top the Eiffel Tower. During planning for the fair, Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel offered to build a tower larger than the one he had built in Paris but the planning committee insisted the work be from American genius. The giant wheel had 36 cars that could hold 60 people for a total of 2,160 passengers at a time, and was as high as a 26 story building.
Vivandieres have an interesting role in the American Civil War. These brave women traveled with soldiers as mascots or nurses; there are even cases where they fought alongside their male counterparts. A vivandiere could provide creature comforts to the soldiers. Officially during the Civil War, the term Vivandiere is usually applied only to women who served with Zouaves. The term “Vivandiere”, is derived from a mixture of French and Latin...
Tinted Texas Confederate Secession flag on her book mark! Love this image!
Ok, different time period, but WOW!!! Check out her hair!!!!
John Johnston, the real "Jeremiah Johnson." His native american wife was killed by the Crow people.He embarkd on a 12yr vendetta against the tribe. He would cut out the liver of each man he killed. This was an insult being the Crow believed by eating the liver of animals they killed they recieved its vitality.He was a sailor,union soldier in 1864 Colorado Calvery,Scout,hunter, guide, & whiskey peddler.
Confederate Gen Richard Gano ... did not tolerate drunkenness or the use of foul language in his command. After a successful raid in Kentucky, a trooper became drunk, and whiskey was found in his canteen. Gano ordered all of his men to fall into line and for his officers to go down the line, smelling each man's canteen. Those found to have whiskey in their canteens were immediately ordered to pour it out. Later, many of the men recalled that a lot of Kentucky whiskey was wasted that day.