Archive for September 16, 2008

Grenade!: The Little-Known Weapon of the Civil War

Posted in Munitions on September 16, 2008 by secondmdus

“It was akin to shooting fish in a barrel. The Hoosiers of the 45th Illinois were pinned down in a crater that June 25, 1862, the result of a Union mine used in an attempt to blow up a section of the Rebel works at Vicksburg. The Federal attack had faltered in the reeking pit, and the Confederates had taken the opportunity to hurl ad hoc hand grenades, modified artillery shells, down up the helpless Yankees. A Union officer reported that “the enemy…with their hand-grenades render it difficult for our working parties to remain in the crater at all. The wounds inflicted by those missiles are frightful …” read more at


1785 Boulton & Watt Engine

Posted in Stationary Engines on September 16, 2008 by secondmdus

“This massive steam engine played a key role in the development of the modern world. Built in England during the Industrial Revolution, the Boulton and Watt steam engine may be the most significant technological artefact ever to reach Australia …”