By Kyle, Taya; Kyle, Chris; DeFelice, Jim; Doyle, William
During this ebook, the writer, deadliest sniper in U.S. background tracks down and shoots the 10 most vital American firearms, from a flintlock rifle to a Colt revolver to the most recent high-tech weapon he used as a army SEAL. He makes use of those weapons as a window on usa historical past, making the sweeping argument that the yankee tale has been tied to and formed by way of the gun. He revisits turning issues in American history, together with the one sniper shot that became the tide of the progressive warfare, the firearms that proved decisive within the Civil War's Batlte of Gettysburg, the "gun that received the West," and the weapon that gave U.S. infantrymen an aspect in international struggle I and global conflict II, and past. this can be additionally the tale of ways firearms innovation, creativity, and commercial genius has always driven American historical past, and gear forward. Read more...
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Though sometimes, as Dan Morgan proved at the Battle of Cowpens, running away from your enemy can turn out to be a good way to smash him right in the jaw. Samuel Houston Sr. died when his son was fourteen years old. But I think it’s entirely possible that father and son might have talked about what happened at Cowpens, and maybe—just maybe—that served as inspiration for what became Sam Houston’s biggest moment on the battlefield in the spring of 1836. In the decades after the Revolution, Americans kept pushing west—and took their long rifles with them every step of the way.
It all hinged on an elaborate trick, a stunning deception that required split-second timing by the Americans. At dawn Tarleton emerged from the woods, saw the Americans, and quickly formed up his troops. Just as Morgan hoped, he lunged like a hound after a thick steak, barely waiting for all his men to arrive. The British were cold, dehydrated, and exhausted from a long, fast march, and they hadn’t eaten or slept properly for days. But Banastre Tarleton saw his chance for a grand victory, one that would annihilate a good portion of the American southern army.
There’s a saying that to really know someone you have to walk a mile in their shoes. I’d add that to really know our ancestors, we have to put on more than their shoes, which were generally poor-fitting and leaky. Hitch a plow to an ox and work a field for a few hours, and you come away with a whole new appreciation for what your great-great-grandpa did come spring on the Ohio frontier. Pick up a Kentucky long rifle and aim it at fleeing whitetail, and you’ll learn real quick about how important it is to use every bit of an animal you harvest; you may not have another one down for quite a while.
American gun : a history of the U.S. in ten firearms by Kyle, Taya; Kyle, Chris; DeFelice, Jim; Doyle, William