Saturday, October 24, 2009

The wonders of research

Melanie got me pondering weaponry and I decided to use my friend google and wikipedia to check on one of the more prolific weapons in the Civil War - the Navy Colt.  How did it gets its name? Well I figured it was used in the navy.  Which was true.   The cylinder was engraved with a scene of the victory of the Battle of Campeche in May 1843 - By the TEAXS Navy!   "The Texas Navy had purchased the earlier Colt Paterson Revolver, but this was Colt's first major success in the gun trade; the naval theme of the engraved cylinder of the Colt 1851 Navy revolver was Colt's gesture of appreciation. Despite the "Navy" designation, the revolver was chiefly purchased by civilians and military land forces" so sayeth Wikipedia.

Who knew Texas had a navy.  I mean it does stand to reason, it WAS a republic and it does have coast line  but still.  Wow.  I LOVE REASEARCH


  1. I LOVE RESEARCH. Fantastic bit of investigation. I can barely wait to see if you sneak that little tidbit into your book.

  2. Yeah me too! :) And don't get me started on butter churning. Hopefully the civil war cookbooks I ordered will be coming soon. But fear not, I won't cook any of them for group. By the way. Have you ever read Lobscore and Spotted Dog? It's a cook book compiled by two women who were die hard fans of the Jack Aubry Series by Patrick O'Brian. I think we have it somewhere in the house. I'll see if I can find it.