Just got an email from Dan Sivilich, an old friend from the Garden State, and it read as follows…
I hope all is well. I am finally published. See the attached. Just got my copy and Oklahoma did a great job. Real high quality work. Maybe now people will stop identifying mashed/chewed lead shot as being associated with a field hospital like on “Diggers”. THEY WERE CHEWED BY PIGS!
Dan’s book, “Musket Ball and Small Shot Identification…a guide”, is available from the University of Oklahoma Press. Here is a an excerpt from the shout out….
In the past, an excavated musket ball might simply have been catalogued as either a “spherical lead bullet” or an “impacted bullet.” But each recovered ball, far from being a mere lump of lead, is a part of history and has a story to tell. With the help of new equipment and research techniques, and an increase in discoveries, these narratives can finally contribute exacting detail to the historical record. Battlefield archaeologist Daniel M. Sivilich provides readers with the tools and techniques to unlock the stories of small shot in this book, the first definitive guide to identifying musket balls, from the oldest formed to those fired in the early nineteenth century.
Knowing Dan, this is a well researched and very well written book. If you are interested in reading more and purchasing, click HERE.
FROM THE WELL WIRED BRIT
Thanks to John Howland for the following review and funnies…
UNLUCKY FOR SOME?….13?
1. Folklore dictates that when a Friday falls on the 13th of any month heralds bad luck. It takes its rise from Friday 13th October 1307 when King Philip IV of France, ordered the arrest of all Knights Templar in a series of coordinated dawn raids. They were tortured, forced into making false confessions and many burned at the stake.
2. Famous people who were born on Friday the 13th include Samuel Beckett (13 April 1906), Margaret Thatcher (13 October 1923), and Fidel Castro (13 August 1926).
3. Lizzie Borden, accused in the infamous Hatchet Murder Case of 1892, uttered a total of 13 words during her trial and was acquitted.
4. The 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Roosevelt, never travelled on a 13th and refused to have a meal with 13 people at the table.
5. Two of the deadliest associations with number 13 are the facts that there are 13 stairs leading to the gallows, and the blade in a guillotine fell from a height of 13 feet.
6. Some people believe that getting married on a Friday brings bad luck? (Cynics of course say, nonsense, why make an exception for Friday?)
7. According to Smithsonian Magazine “fear of the #13 costs American a billion dollars per year in absenteeism, train and plane cancellations, and reduced commerce on the 13th of the month.
8. Every month starting on a Sunday, will have a Friday the 13th in it
9. Apollo 13, 1970, the 13th mission launched from pad #39 (13 x 3), mission was aborted, after an explosion occurred in the fuel cell of their service module. The rocket had left launching pad at 13:13 CST and the date was April 13th
10. On the USA Dollar Bill, there are 13 steps on the pyramid, 13 bars on the shield, and 13 leaves on the olive branch
11. The driver of Princess Diana hit pillar #13 at Place de l’Alma when she was killed in Paris, France
12. British study concluded that even though there were less cars on the road on Friday the 13th (as compared with other Fridays) more accidents were reported
13. I think it’s unlucky to have superstitions
Q: Two coins add up to 30 cents, and one is not a nickel. What are they?
A: A quarter and a nickel. The quarter isn’t a nickel.
Q: What’s 6 inches long, 2 inches wide and drives women wild?
A: A $100 bill!
I’ll see y’all in the bar
To those of you who have asked why I don’t mention a certain individual in Central Europe….