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Recommended Battlefield Sites

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Recommended Battlefield Sites

In Tennessee and Mississippi was a ghastly battlefield, called Shiloh I visited from Tishomingo, MS, in 1979 working on the archeology of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Barge Canal connecting the waters of the Tennessee with Mobile, Alabama through northern MS. Near a place reported in the American Bicentennial research as where former VP Aaron Burr was after the deadly duel with Alexander Hamilton, the battle led to the first protest songs in America. There next to cemetery one can see three large Parrot rifled cannons, made in the West Point Foundry in Cold Spring, NY across the Hudson River from the Academy Robert E. Lee was once commandant of, their muzzles symbolically silenced, pointed into the now sacred ground where many fell, but apparently few were formally buried. I would later work in the foundry and recover the R.P. Parrot “gun platform” used as the “Swamp Angel” in the 1863 bombardment of Charleston, SC in EPA HAZMAT archaeology, in 1992, from NIKE missile nicad batteries.

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Written by georgejmyersjr

03/31/2010 at 4:33 am

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