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Civil War Themed Chess Set
This civil war themed chess set features Generals as Queens with hand painted resin chess pieces matched with a blue grey veneer wood chess board.This themed chess set would be a great addition for a collector or on display in a home office.
What are the dimensions?
Chess Board Dimensions:12.6” x 12.6” x .05”. Board Square Size:1.5" squares. Chess King Size:3.25”. King Base Width:1”.
What the heck is the king base width? It is the diameter of the base of the king (the bottom of the king piece). This measurement is important when selecting the right chess board square size for the chess pieces that will be playing on it.
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Weird Facts About The Civil War Era
Presented below are weird but true facts that took place during the Civil War era, some are rather amusing while others are just bizarre like the acorn device story!
The Unique Situation Of The Bunker Brothers.
Chang and Eng Bunker were referred to as “the original Siamese Twins.” They were from Siam (which is now modern Thailand) and were joined at the sternum; they were a popular attraction with traveling museum exhibitions at the time.
In 1865, Union General George Stoneman attacked North Carolina and wanted to draft some of the local men, regardless of their situation; the names of men over 18 were put into a lottery wheel.
Chance would have it that Eng’s name was drawn, but he was against the draft. Since Chang’s name was not drawn, General Stoneman could do nothing; the Bunker brothers were not only joined at the sternum, but their livers were fused together as well. Neither one would serve in the war, but their eldest sons both enlisted and fought for the Confederacy.
The Most Bizarre Hiding Place For Secret Messages!
In 2009, a woman walked into the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia, with an acorn-shaped object in her hand. It was made of brass and had no markings or inscriptions.
She said that according to her family legend, one of her ancestors, a Confederate soldier, used the acorn to smuggle secret messages by hiding it in his posterior until he reached his destination.
General Lee’s Chicken Dinner.
In 1862, a Virginia farmer presented Robert E. Lee with a flock of chickens. Confederate General John Bell Hood’s men ate every single one (or so they thought) one survived by making her roost in a tree overhanging Lee’s tent.
Lee took to the chicken and named her “Nellie” and raising the flap of his tent so she could come and go as she pleased. She began laying eggs nearly every day under the general’s cot.
On the eve of the Battle of the Wilderness, Lee invited a group of generals to have dinner with him, but his cook, William Mack Lee, couldn’t find enough food to make a meal.
Although he “hated to lose her,” the cook said he “picked her good, and stuffed her with bread stuffing, mixed with butter.” He said it was the only time in four years that General Lee ever scolded him.
The Time For Mourning.
Wartime convention dictated that a woman would mourn her child’s death for 1 year, a brother’s death for 6 months, and a husband’s death for 2 and a half years.
By contrast, a widower was expected to mourn for only 3 months, simply by displaying black crepe on his hat or armband.
The Glow In The Dark Mystery Solved.
After the Battle of Shiloh in 1862, soldiers reported a very weird phenomenon: glow-in-the-dark battle wounds.
16,000 soldiers from both armies were wounded during the battle, and neither Union nor Confederate medical personnel were prepared for the massive wounded and killed.
Soldiers lay in the mud for 2 rainy days or more, and many of them noticed that their wounds would glow in the dark. In fact, the injured whose wounds glowed the most seemed to heal quicker than the others.
In 2001, 2 Maryland teenagers solved the mystery (winning them top prize at an international science fair).
The wounded soldiers became hypothermic, and their lowered body temperatures made ideal conditions for a bioluminescent bacterium called Photorhabdus luminescens, which inhibits pathogens.
Stonewall Jackson The Hypochondriac.
The Confederate general thought he was “out of balance.”
Even in the heat of battle, he would raise an arm so the blood might flow down into his body and re-establish equilibrium. (This practice got him in trouble; his hand was wounded during the First Battle of Bull Run).
Another weird habit he had was he refused to eat pepper because it seemed to make his left leg weak.
He would suck on lemons, believing that doing so would help his “dyspepsia.”
He preferred standing upright so that all of his organs were “naturally” aligned.
He also suffered from poor eyesight, which he tried to treat by dunking his head into a basin of icy cold water, with his eyes wide open.
Yet he once told a captain that he felt “as safe in battle as in bed.”
From The Bet You Didn’t See This Coming File.
It was reported that after Abraham Lincoln was assassinated they discovered a Confederate bill in his wallet. It was thought that he was presented the bill while visiting the South earlier during his presidency.