Is the opposite of recycle, uncycle?
The battle that many consider the turning point of the Civil War, was the battle at Gettysburg.
After that battle, the battlefields were scoured, and all the rifles collected were sent to Washington DC to be inspected, and reused if possible.
Of the 37,574 rifles recovered, about 24,000 were still loaded.
- 6,000 had one round in the barrel
- 12,000 had two rounds in the barrel
- 6,000 had three-ten rounds in the barrel, and
- one had twenty three rounds in the barrel
Durring combat, soldiers sometimes got a little nervous, and lost track of what they were doing.
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Many people know who Chang and Eng Bunker were. They were the original Siamese Twins.
While they were born in Siam, (Taiwan, Curves say Thailand, and she's right, but I'm leaving my mistake. because I can), they moved to the US to tour with travelling museum exhibitions. In 1839, they purchased 110 acres in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, married twin sisters, and built, (with the help of slave labor), a successful farm. They became naturalized US citizens, and loyal confederates.
In 1865, Union general George Stoneman raided the area of North Carolina the brothers lived in, and to bolster his ranks, decided to hold a draft of the locals, regardless of which side their sympathies lie on.
All men over the age of 18 had their names out into a lottery. Eng Bunkers name was selected. Being a loyal confederate, Eng resisted the draft. When brought in for resisting, there wasn't much that could be done, since Changs name wasn't drawn.
As a result, neither Chang nor Eng were required to serve in the Civil War. Both of their eldest sons did, however, and fought for the confederacy.