Confederate Odyssey

The George W. Wray Jr. Civil War Collection at the Atlanta History Center
Author: Gordon L. Jones
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
ISBN: 0820346853
Category: History
Page: 438
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Throughout his life, Atlanta resident George W. Wray Jr. (1936–2004) built a collection of more than six hundred of the rarest Confederate artifacts including not just firearms and edged weapons but also flags, uniforms, and accoutrements. Today, Wray’s collection forms an integral part of the Atlanta History Center’s holdings of some eleven thousand Civil War artifacts. Confederate Odyssey tells the story of the Civil War through the Wray Collection. Analyzing the collection as material evidence, Gordon L. Jones demonstrates how a slave-based economy on the cusp of industrialization attempted to fight an industrial war. The broad range of the collection includes many rare or one-of-a-kind objects, such as a patent model and early inventions by gun maker George W. Morse, the bloodstained coat of a seventeen-year-old South Carolina soldier, battle flags made of cloth imported from England, and arms made in Georgia, the heart of the Confederacy’s burgeoning military-industrial complex. As Civil War history, Confederate Odyssey benefits from the study of material remains as it bridges the domains of professional scholars and amateur collectors such as Wray. The book tells of the stories, significance, and context of these artifacts to general readers and Civil War buffs alike. The Wray Collection is more than a gathering of relics; it is a tale of historical truths revealed in small details.

Samuel Colt

Arms, Art, and Invention
Author: Herbert G. Houze,Carolyn C. Cooper,Elizabeth Mankin Kornhauser
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300111339
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Page: 260
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Samuel Colt (1814-1862) first patented his "Colt” revolver in 1835 and thereby redefined the architecture of handguns. This stunning book is the first to present in detail the evolution of his most famous invention and to document the unsurpassed Colt firearms collections held by the Wadsworth Atheneum. Colt designed his revolvers with an artistic sensibility--paying particular attention to form and beauty and juxtaposing colors and finishes to heighten the visual effects. He was also one of the first American manufacturers to secure celebrity endorsements and to commission paintings by renowned artists like George Catlin to promote his arms. Colt’s standards for excellence, industrial foresight, and quest for market domination are explored in light of primary documents that reveal his constant battles to protect his patents. Essays discuss Colt’s personal collection of historic firearms as well as the memorial collection of Colt-manufactured firearms, the relationship between art and commerce as they pertain to the inventor’s career, and his international celebrity. Richly illustrated and beautifully produced, this volume presents the artistry of the firearms that Colt worked so diligently to perfect--as well as his promotional abilities that made a tremendous impact on American culture.

American Reference Books Annual

Author: Bohdan S. Wynar
Publisher: N.A
Category: Reference books
Page: N.A
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1970- issued in 2 vols.: v. 1, General reference, social sciences, history, economics, business; v. 2, Fine arts, humanities, science and engineering.

Repeating and Multi-Fire Weapons

A History from the Zhuge Crossbow Through the AK-47
Author: Gerald Prenderghast
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 1476666660
Category: History
Page: 434
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From the very earliest days of organized warfare, combatants have wanted to develop weapons with more firepower. This has inevitably led to a wide variety of repeating weapons, capable of a degree of sustained fire without reloading. Based largely upon new research, this book explores the history of repeating and multi-fire weapons, beginning with the Chinese repeating crossbow in the 4th century BCE, and ending with the world's most common firearm, the Kalashnikov AK-47. The author describes the potency of the machine gun in World War I, the development of the semiautomatic pistol and the role of the submachine gun in improving the effectiveness of the infantryman.

Marlin Firearms

A History of the Guns and the Company That Made Them
Author: William S. Brophy USAR
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 0811746941
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 704
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From 1863 to the present--the company and the men who made it successful, the details of all models of rifles and the many other Marlin products.

Classic Steelhead Flies

Author: John Shewey
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 0811713326
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 288
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The definitive resource for tiers and anglers interested in the rich tradition of steelhead flies. Learn the histories of these classic flies, as well as how to tie them. • Covers steelhead flies from their origins in the 1890s up through the mid-1970s • Includes flies that remain popular today, as well as forgotten classics that were once popular or that exhibit stylistic merit • Contains 350 beautiful full color photos

Sharpes Aufstieg

Author: Bernard Cornwell
ISBN: 3838702433
Category: Fiction
Page: 464
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1809. Bitterer Winter beherrscht den Norden Spaniens. Die britischen Truppen ziehen sich nach La Coruña zurück. Lieutenant Richard Sharpe und eine versprengte Abteilung Schützen sind auf sich allein gestellt, eingekreist von der siegreichen Armee Napoleons. Sie haben nur eine Chance: Wenn sie sich Major Blas Vivar und seinen spanischen Aufständischen anschließen. Doch das hat seinen Preis, denn Vivar will die heilige Stadt Santiago de Compostela befreien, die von französischen Truppen besetzt ist. Sharpe und seinen Männern bleibt nichts anderes übrig, als einmal mehr ihren unbeugsamen Willen zu beweisen, um sich gegen die feindliche Übermacht durchzusetzen.

Manhattan Firearms

Author: Waldo E. Nutter
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780811704694
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Page: 250
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Traces the Manhattan background from its formation in 1855 to its succession by the American Standard Tool Company in 1869 Illustrated with photographs by noted collector Miles W. Standish Manhattan's activities spanned the years 1855 to 1873--an exciting period in American firearms that witnessed the high development of the percussion revolver, its rapid decline in the post-Civil War years, and the emergence of metallic cartridge arms. Substantiated by original records, the author discusses Manhattan's four patents, the connection of the Manhattan .22 caliber revolvers with the early usage of the .22 long cartridges, a lawsuit between Smith & Wesson and Herman Boker & Company, as well as many other aspects of Manhattan's history. A serious work on an American maker, this book constitutes a significant contribution to firearms history and merits a place on the bookshelf of every arms collector and enthusiast.

Die Deutschen im Amerikanischen Bürgerkrieg

Author: Wilhelm Kaufmann
Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand
ISBN: 3845720379
Category: History
Page: 608
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Wilhelm Kaufmann beschreibt in seinem umfassenden und detaillierten Werk den Anteil und das Verdienst jener knapp 750.000 Unionssoldaten mit verschiedensten Formen deutscher Wurzeln, die von 1861 bis 1865 am amerikanischen Bürgerkrieg teilnahmen. Gegliedert nach dem chronologischen Ablauf des Krieges erläutert er die Rolle, die die Deutschen in den Schlachten auf dem gesamten nordamerikanischen Kontinent spielten. Kaufmann ergänzt seine Ausführungen durch umfangreiches Kartenmaterial. Nachdruck der Originalausgabe aus dem Jahr 1911.

Oneiros - Tödlicher Fluch

Author: Markus Heitz
Publisher: Knaur eBook
ISBN: 3426413647
Category: Fiction
Page: 608
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Dieses eBook kommt mit eigens von Markus Heitz komponierter, musikalischer Untermalung, die einen die Geschichte noch intensiver und atmosphärischer erleben lässt. In Leipzig hütet ein Bestatter ein grausames Geheimnis, in Minsk führt eine skrupellose Wissenschaftlerin tödliche Experimente durch, in Paris rast ein Airbus ungebremst in ein Flughafenterminal ... Die Ermittlungen zu dem Unglück beginnen sofort – aber die Ergebnisse sind rätselhaft: Sämtliche Insassen waren schon tot, bevor das Flugzeug auf das Gebäude traf. Was die Polizei jedoch nicht herausfindet, ist, dass es einen Überlebenden gibt. Konstantin Korff, der Bestatter aus Leipzig, kommt diesem Überlebenden hingegen schnell auf die Spur, ebenso wie die Wissenschaftlerin – denn diese drei Menschen tragen denselben tödlichen Fluch in sich. Einen Fluch, der sie zu einer Gefahr für jeden in ihrer Umgebung macht ...

Warman's Civil War Collectibles

Author: John F. Graf
Publisher: Warman Publishing Company
ISBN: 9780873494373
Category: Antiques & Collectibles
Page: 517
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In one of the hottest and fastest growing collecting areas, North meets South in this Warman's ® reference, cataloging and pricing more than 3,000 Civil War collectibles. Lists artifacts, relics, and memorabilia that were either produced for or used by the

Recommended Reference Books in Paperback

Author: Jack O'Gorman
Publisher: Libraries Unltd Incorporated
Category: Education
Page: 315
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An annotated, evaluative bibliography of some 1,000 reference titles chosen for their quality, economy, and availability. Each of the volume's 36 chapters describes and assesses paperbacks references focusing on a different subject area, from general reference volumes to the specific. The book is or