Monday, August 19, 2013

August 18, 1863

August 18, 1863

---John Beauchamp Jones, of the Confederate War Department, notes the latest news from the Coastal War in South Carolina:

AUGUST 18TH.—There is heavy firing, day and night, on Wagner’s battery and Fort Sumter. The enemy use 15-inch guns; but Sumter is 4000 yards distant, and it may be hoped will not be reduced.

---This afternoon, Pres. Lincoln meets Christopher M. Spencer, inventor of the Spencer Repeating Rifle, and walks to Treasury Park, accompanied by his son Robert, Mr. Spencer, and secretary John Hay, for a test shooting of the new weapon.  He recommends it to the Army.

Union cavalryman loading a Spencer with a tube magazine through the stock

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