Wild Weds. 45/52 The Spanish Knight

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Hail, and well met Lords, and Ladies!  A few weeks ago I went to the NORCAL Renaissance Faire which is always a bawdy good time.

By my faith, one of the most spirited shows and one of me favorite shows is the Tournament of Champions where the Knights from 4 different countries compete.  They were: Sir William of England of course, France’s Knight, Spain’s Knight, and Scotland Knight.

I will showest thee a few likenesses of the Spanish Knight demonstrating his sword and javelin skills that I made with me Nikon Venetian box.

A strapping peacock aye?

The Spanish Knight_DMZ6481


The Spanish Knight


The Spanish Knight_DMZ6511

He didst compete very well!

I have more likenesses to share with ye soon, but now I bid thee farewell, and a good week, I must away! 😜


Nikon D810| Nikkor 300mm f/4| Hoodman STEEL Digital Film| PS CC 2018

more to come…




Civil War Days- Sharpshooters

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“Ravenous, the gods of war demanded men- lots of men. Northern armies were at first manned solely by volunteers, with each state assigned a quota based on population. But in 1863, after volunteering had slackened off, Congress passed a federal conscription law for the first time on a nationwide scale in the United States.” ~The American Pageant, 9th edition, Thomas A. Bailey and David M. Kennedy


The sign says:

Col. Berdan’s Regiment.

Sharp – Shooters!

30 more Respectable Men Wanted to Complete

Captain J.H. Baker’s Company!-The famous company “C” of Michigan

Many are called but few are chosen!

This company consists of gentlemanly men-none other need apply- as it is the “Crack Regiment” in the Army of the Potomac & “home” of the famous “California Joe”!!


As many furnish their own Rifles, but the Government supplies each man with of Berdan’s Improved Sharp’s Rifles, while will fire 1 ¼ miles, at the rate of 18 times per minute. We have no drill but Skirmish Drill, no Picket duty; our manner of warfare is like the “Guerillas” or Indian. Our uniform is “Green”, color of the grass and foliage, and You are privileged to lay upon the ground while shooting, picking your position; no commanders while fighting. Be one of the elite & join

Co,. “C”, 1st Reg’t. US.S.S.

GENTLEMEN – This  is a beautiful chance for those wishing to see something of this life away from home. The $100 BOUNTY, LAND WARRANT,&c,. same as in all other Regiments.


Jan. 1, 1863                       H.L. HURLBUTT-U.S. Gov’t Authorized Recruiting Officer

Union Colonel Hiram Berdan proposed forming units of outstanding riflemen, largely equipped with Sharps rifles, in 1861, and as a result the 1st and 2nd regiments of US Sharpshooters were organized.

The Sharps weapons were the most advanced breechloaders in America when the war began. The Union bought 9100 Sharps rifles and more than 80,000 Sharps carbines during the war. Confederate forces

bought small numbers of these weapons. The rifles were  used by the US Sharpshooters, while the carbine was mainly a cavalry weapon. Both were single-shot, were accurate up to 600 yards, and could fire at a rate of about 10 rounds per minute.~Chronicles of the Civil War John Bowman, General Editor

The 1st Sharpshooters fought on the Peninsula and at Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. The 2nd Sharpshooters’ first significant action was at Antietam.

Both regiments fought at the Wilderness and Spotsylvania. For the entire war, both units had casualty rates approaching 40 percent. ~ Chronicles of the Civil War-John Bowman General Editor


As able-bodied men got scarcer bounties for enlistment were offered by federal, state, and local authorities. A man with a gift for making money might pocket more than $1000.00!

Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-200mm + 1.4x Tamron TC and 28-105mm AF-D.  Duncans Mills, CA.

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Civil War Days-Artillery

Copyright © 2012 Deborah M. Zajac. All Rights Reserved.

I had the pleasure of spending Saturday afternoon at a Civil War Reenactment in Duncans Mills, CA. Follow me to the year 1863 where these wonderful reenactors bring  this period of  USA history to life.

“Soon after his defeat of the Federal Army of the Potomac at Chancellorsville in May 1863 General Robert E. Lee decided for the second time to invade the North with his Confederate Army of Northern Virginia. There were a number of reasons for his decision. Even though Lee had just won a brilliant victory, things were bad in the Confederacy and getting worse; Ulysses S. Grant was about to secure Vicksburg for the Union, inflation was running wild in the South, and badly needed European recognition had not come, the Confederate government was torn by partisan squabbles, the Union blockade along the Southern coast was growing steadily more effective, and antiwar sentiment was fading in the North. A major Confederate victory on enemy soil might ameliorate all those problems. Moreover, after their string of victories Lee and his men had begun to believe fatally, as it turned out- that they were virtually invincible.

General James Longstreet, Lee’s second in command since the death of Stonewall Jackson, objected to the invasion from the beginning. Longstreet entreated his commander to purse a defensive strategy in Virginia and send troops to reinforce Braxton Briggs in Tennessee.

Longstreet’s idea was sound, but Lee insisted on his invasion plan; his instincts invariably told him to take the offensive. Thus in early June 1863, The Army of Northern Virginia pulled away from Fredericksburg and headed for Pennsylvania with about 80,000 men.” – Chronicles of the Civil War by John Bowman, General Editor


“Designed to fire at high angles, dropping low-velocity explosive shells behind the enemy’s cover, Howitzers exemplified the traditional artillery that predominated during the Civil War.” –Chronicles of the Civil War by John Bowman, General Editor

Confederate Sponge rammer loading the cannon-

“Artillery in the 1800’s fought side by side with infantry units because the range of the big guns limited them to visible targets. Like the infantry weapons, Civil War-era cannon were muzzle loaders and required a crew of eight men to aim, load, and fire the weapon.”~Thomas’Legion; The 69th North Carolina Regiments, located at www.thomaslegion.net, written by Matthew D. Parker, was first published to the internet on August 27, 2005 and accessed on July 16, 2012.

Stepping away-


The infantrymen marched right into the face of a firing cannon. Many didn’t live to tell about it.

It was a fun afternoon and I have quite a few photos to go through. I hope to share more soon.

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