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  1. 5fish

    Torpedo Boats... Fear!

    A successful test proves it could be viable so with more money and resources something may come of it, all I am saying.
  2. 5fish

    Torpedo Boats... Fear!

    Frenchman had your mine idea... with a sub.... wiki... Through friends like Gaspard Monge and Pierre-Simon Laplace, Fulton obtained an interview with Napoleon, but was unable to garner support for his vessel; however, Fulton's friends pushed the Minister of Marine into appointing a scholarly...
  3. 5fish

    Torpedo Boats... Fear!

    They had mines(called torpedo's ) during the war... They were poorly made and after a short time salt water would damage the insides... Like I say, if they had focus on making a mines to sink commercial shipping, I believe they could have done it. When was the first one tested... 1866...
  4. 5fish

    Dirigible Balloons Win the War...

    You have made our point if my nation and the world wanted us to truly go to Mars we would be on Mars by now. It all about allocating money and resources to achieve a goal that is technically within reach.... What I am showing if the forces in the Civil war had the foresight and put the...
  5. 5fish

    "Creeping Barrage" win Gettysburg...

    You naysayers not believing Lee could not pull off such a tactic.... I like the the changing force starting out about 20min. after Alexander's barrage began. The artillery is shooting at the union artillery positions which are up the sloop of Cemetery Hill and ridge... The change should have run...
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    Torpedo Boats... Fear!

    I envision low silhouette boats relatively fast TP boats sneaking out of the harbor at night... and going on the high seas terrorizing commercial shipping along the Northeast coast. No ship will be safe, with their low silhouette and a iron shell even warships will fear them... They would be...
  7. 5fish

    Westport...

    If the battle of Westport is the Gettysburg of the west, it deserves the same respect, fawning, and dissection of what and why the battle was lost as its more famous brethren. The battle of Westport can be broken down to areas like Brush Creek, battle for the fords like Byram, & Hickman Mills...
  8. 5fish

    Port Hudson...

    Here is something I thought would interest everyone copy in.. Port Hudson National Cemetery is located on the site where Union and Confederate forces were engaged in the siege of Port Hudson. Nearly 4,000 Union troops were killed and almost all were buried in the cemetery; only 600 were known...
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    Port Hudson...

    There a forgotten event of the civil war that has fallen form the pages of history. It was in the summer of 1863 deep in the south where a band of confederates outnumber 4 to 1 held off an overwhelming force for 48 days. Yes, I am talking about the Siege of Port Hudson the ugly step-sister to...
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    Spotlight... Civil War...

    The was a conflict over lamps... Unfortunately for the Federals, marginal relations between Dahlgren and Gillmore prevented cooperative use of Grant’s light. On July 30, Dahlgren wrote to Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles: “There are many little things that would aid me here. For instance...
  11. 5fish

    Spotlight... Civil War...

    Here I found where it was tried... The link explains a man name Grant pushed the limelight idea on the military... Link:https://www.historynet.com/rebels-in-the-limelight.htm Snip... After the Confederate capture of Fort Sumter in April 1861, Grant envisioned a new opportunity to capitalize...
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    Spotlight... Civil War...

    Either this was common knowledge or no one realizes the advantage it gave the union in the dark of night... I did find another thread with little response... https://civilwartalk.com/threads/civil-war-drummond-light.144276/ Limelight was also called Drummond Lights after is English inventory...
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    Spotlight... Civil War...

    I found that limelight was used in the civil war at the siege of Ft Wagner by the US Navy... It became an important part of the navy later in peacetime nickname "spotlight"... link:https://markerhunter.wordpress.com/2013/09/05/calcium-light-battery-wag Snip... Recording the activities on the...
  14. 5fish

    Torpedo Boats... Fear!

    Fear!! When it comes to action on the seas or in the rivers the south did not have many triumphs. When comes to my questions I was thinking which military innovation if perfected could have level the playing field with the north. Torpedo boats if used like U-boats were cold have brought terror...
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    Torpedo Boats... Fear!

    Here the CSS Squib which perfromed a successful torpedo attack on the USS Minnesota. It alarmed the union naval command because a small fast boat could take out a Ship of the Line... On the night of April 9, 1864 Lt. Hunter Davidson, CSN and a crew of six men in a small armored launch...
  16. 5fish

    Torpedo Boats... Fear!

    As many of us know the civil war is known for many of the military innovation that happen during the period. I think there was one if the Confederates could have master the technology could have even the playing field a little more during the war. What if the Confederates had master and...
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    Dirigible Balloons Win the War...

    It is within the scope of possibilities since it was discovered within years of the war... So we got wood for the frame .... As early as autumn 1908, he(Johann) constructed his own airship, which was characterized, among other things, by its aerodynamic shape and its wooden frame WE have...
  18. 5fish

    Limelight as It was Known...

    Wait... in most cases they were located on ships... surprise one did not burn down.... If you read through the "what if" the Limelight would have been located on wagons but even if located on the ground it still would have castes a blaring light a great distance so moving would not be needed...
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    Dirigible Balloons Win the War...

    So this alternative world is okay because the Germans take the lead... ;) A little creativity and the Confederacy could have been doing behind the line night raids, dropping small explosives from the air in battle or supply lines... observing the union army's movements from afar no hiding now...
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    Dirigible Balloons Win the War...

    [Q UOTE="John Hartwell, post: 1971624, member: 5391"] There a whole story behind Davidson's Artisavis... a con man he was... maybe he is the inventor of steampunk! Its a short artcle and worth a read and laugh... some snippets to wet your imagination...
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