Black powder

Civil War reenactors, at least in Washington State, are said to burn at least a hundred pounds of black powder in one of their typical blooodless battles.

Thus, in this Sesquicentennial of the war, they are lobbying for a change in the state’s law which allows for the storage and transport of no more than five pounds of black powder.

A hundred pounds, hmm. Helps you appreciate the vast quantities the real Civil War soldiers must have consumed in even a minor skirmish where they were fighting not for entertainment but for their lives.

About Dick Stanley

Retired Texas daily newspaperman
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