While I prepare for my impending trip to Pennsylvania for Martin’s Auction (you’ll no doubt see more on that, later this week), I’m still stuck in “1862” here on the blog. Yes, I’m still working my way through our photos of the reenactment of the Battle of Perryville. If you haven’t visited here in a while, you can scroll back through last week’s posts to read / see more about our visit to Perryville.

Around 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, before that afternoon’s big battle reenactment, we watched a demonstration by the one horse-drawn artillery unit in attendance. Not quite a full unit, in reality, as they had only one cannon, but you get the idea. And that one horse-drawn cannon (and several stationary versions) still made a powerfull (booming, you might say) impression during the battles.

Before the cannon could be delivered to the center of the field, dropped off, and put through its paces, we had to wait for a unit of Confederate infantry to finish their drill and clear the field …

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… before all of us spectators could move higher up on the hill … you know, out of range, and all that.

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Next, we’ll look at the artillery harness. And then stay tuned for some explosions!