From the written evidence it is also clear that commercially produced Whitworth ammunition made by the specialist suppliers and also by the Whitworth Company was overwhelmingly cylindrical. The hardened hexagonal bullets were mainly bought by long-range specialists for use in the Match Rifles. The very earliest military style full stocked rifles seemed to have had hexagonal moulds more commonly than the later ones.
If anyone on this group has an original Whitworth would they please notify me of the Serial Number and the prefix letter (from B to F) that goes with it in all cases except for the first 1,000.
We have recorded the details of 515 original Whitworths made by Whitworth or his Manchester Ordnance & Rifle Company, from an original production of less than 5,500. New ones to be added to the Register are always very welcome.
We should be very pleased to hear from anyone with an original Whitworth and also of any news of known surviving Whitworth Artillery. Address information to W. S. Curtis, Museum of the National Rifle Association of Great Britain. PO box 493, RHYL, WALES. LL18 5XG U.K. Email address: wsc@wscurtis- books.demon.co.uk
I received an email from reenactor Tom Clemens, who teaches history at Hagerstown Community College, and is just plain disgusted with his county's school board. Clemens advises that he has "frequently been asked to put on demonstrations and talk to elementary and middle school classes," and that he performs "in my Civil War gear with a rifled musket in hand." Clemens noted that he has followed the Raleigh Boaze issue closely, and that the "it redefines the word 'bizarre.'"
According to Clemens, "This Board of Ed is so illogical and so bent on micromanaging the classroom teachers it is unbelievable. I have written letters to the editor of the local paper and contacted the Board of Education all to no avail. The only other thing to do that might get their attention is to ask all Civil War enthusiasts who visit Antietam to spend their money elsewhere. Don't stay in Hagerstown and don't eat in Washington County establishments. Send a message that banning history won't work in a county so richly blessed with history."
I would like to stress once again that the principals and teachers of Washington County schools are not responsible for the situation that Mr. Clemens so accurately describes as "bizarre." The Washington County School Board is the culprit. Recent information, however, suggests that it might not even be the entire school board. In a January interview with the Herald Mail, School Board President Edwin Hayes admitted that the full board had never voted on the ban, but that it was "an administrative policy." He did not specify who initiated this policy, but it must be assumed that he is the culprit. Board member Doris Nipps contributed another classic quote to the article. According to Ms. Nipps, "I don't see why weapons need to be brought into schools whether historical or otherwise. They are still handled by students [untrue] who don't know anything about them. I just think it sends a real bad signal to kids." Other than to comment that the phrase "a real bad signal" indicates that Ms. Nipps has a rather loose grasp on the grammar her school district allegedly instills in its students, I will not parse her statement further. It speaks for itself.
The dates of Doug's march are Friday and Saturday, September 10-11, 1999. Contact: Doug Dobbs, 1133 Hamilton Blvd. Hagerstown, MD 21742 (301-733-7450). Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://nfis.com/~dougdobbs/somoma1.htm
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