Bugle Notes....News from the Fort Wallace Museum

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We here at the Fort Wallace Museum enjoyed a weekend of learning more about antique weaponry, as well as some delicious food and fellowship! Although noted expert Greg Higginbotham was unable to make the drive from Independence, Missouri, due to serious illness, the “show was able to go on,” thanks to local arms experts J.D. Perry and Dr. Jake Bauer, who brought an impressive array of antique and reproduction weapons, showing the breadth of what would have been used by the U.S. Infantry, the U.S. Cavalry and the Plains tribes during the Indian Wars periods. Prominent in the lineup were the Spencer rifle and carbine, the Sharps rifle and carbine, the Winchester Yellow Boy, Springfield trapdoor, Colt revolvers, and “rolling block’ rifle. J.D. also had a few earlier guns that needed paper caps and were muzzle-loaded.

 The beautiful fall afternoon preceding was an experience in firing some of the antique weapons with blank ammunition, including the reproduction Gatling Gun. Around 45 locals and visiting hunters enjoyed the unique experience. Thanks to all who assisted and provided food for the Sunday event!

 

 This coming Saturday, we will have a special guest at the Fort Wallace Museum. Mike Mapel, who portrays Army scout and hunter “Bois D’Arc” will be visiting from Oklahoma and will be available for questions, demonstrations and information about life on the Plains. Mike was one of the re-enactors from this past summer’s 1867 Exposition, and is quite an expert on many Living History subjects! Come on over on Saturday afternoon, and let History speak to you personally!

 

BUGLE NOTES

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Bugle Notes....News from the Fort Wallace Museum

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Bugle Notes....News from the Fort Wallace Museum

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Bugle Notes....News from the Fort Wallace Museum

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Bugle Notes....News from the Fort Wallace Museum

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