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Old November 18, 2012, 06:13 AM   #101
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Okay, what does that word mean? But it sounds like he knew how to manage and to learn what he needed to know. That was well before the White House had a chief of staff and other people decided what the president needed to know. Supposedly, Kennedy read a lot of newspapers everyday. Other presidents later were given clippings, probably of things they wanted to see in the paper. Makes a big difference.
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Old November 18, 2012, 06:22 AM   #102
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Finger on the pulse of things. There's a book, Mr. Lincoln's Telegraph, and a talk by the author on the Pritzker Military Library on it.
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Old November 18, 2012, 08:59 AM   #103
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Well, here's a question that might fit within the subject of this thread: What do you suppose was the most advanced small arm (or which used small arms ammunition) that was introduced during the Civil War?
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Old November 18, 2012, 09:31 AM   #104
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"Probably" the Henry.

(Spencer fans might argue, but the Henry design perservered -- quoth Chief Dan George)
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Old November 18, 2012, 10:19 AM   #105
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Agree it was the Henry.

The one advantage the Spencer had was that it was faster to load. Unfortunately, the cocking was a separate operation from working the lever.
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Old November 18, 2012, 11:12 AM   #106
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After I re-read my own question, I realized I had made it quite limited. The Civil was was a less than five year period in time.
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Old November 18, 2012, 11:33 AM   #107
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Upon further reflection

The Henry for small arms and for crew served weapons, the Gatling.

The potential to feed the Gatling by steam engine was there, but Richard Gatling didn't do that for decades to come.
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