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- Published: Sunday, 04 November 2012 14:54
- Written by roger davies
04 November 2012
Written by: Roger Davies
Standing Well Back
I've found more fascinating US civil war stuff on IEDs. General Herman Haupt was a Union general and engineer with specific responsibilities for both repairing and destroying railways as the operational circumstances demanded. His reminiscences can be found in Archive.org. Here's a description he makes of how to make and place an IED, (a torpedo, in the parlance of the time) and a picture of the said IED.
Here's another interesting extract:
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This commment is unpublished.· 6 years agoMichael, the SS Sultana blew up in April 21, 1865, presumably from a bad boiler. About 1400 soldiers lost their lives, still the largest US maritime caualty. A confederate agent made a death bed confession in 1888, saying he placed a coal torpedo in the coal being loaded on board the paddle wheeler!