Skirmish at Greenbrier, Maryland
August 6, 2008 1:31 PM   Subscribe

A Deadly Skirmish at Greenbrier, Maryland. A little-known engagement of the American Civil War. This bucolic crossroads was visited by the hard hand of war. The Confederate Artillerymen await, then unleash leaden death on the Hoosier troops. Carnage ensues in the gathering gloom. The Butcher's Bill.
posted by marxchivist (7 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
In my day, one inhaled the leaded noxious fumes of Testors for a few weeks before taking pictures and posting them for the world to see.

Still, nice work.
posted by mds35 at 2:03 PM on August 6, 2008

'The machinations of Mars are visited upon this bucolic bower.' Very nicely done.
posted by felix at 2:21 PM on August 6, 2008

That was extremely enjoyable, not least (as felix points out) for the delightful period language: "More than one northern family will be familiar with the strains of 'The Vacant Chair' before merciful darkness brings this carnage to an end." Nice post!
posted by languagehat at 2:27 PM on August 6, 2008

So I guess this is a hobby for antisocial Civil War Reenactor wannabes who'd rather play with green plastic army men than with other like-minded pretenders.

I snark because, really, that was pretty cool.
posted by mudpuppie at 2:41 PM on August 6, 2008

The narrative was what really made it for me:

Farmer Farhney pragmatically sets out toward nearby Boonsboro in hope of securing a young bride from the charitable home for fallen angels. Unbeknownst to farmer Farhney a clash of arms is soon to threaten his life of predicable delusion.

The imported and untried Whitworth pencil sharpener gun at the battery's left (the viewer's right) is slightly sub scale and not favored by this particular battery, owing to its propensity to be dragooned for clerical duties with the headquarters company.

I liked the photos too, having attempted a bit of toy soldier photography myself. If I had a backyard I'd be doing this too.
posted by marxchivist at 2:50 PM on August 6, 2008

Nice post. I always appreciate a good toy soldier photo essay.
posted by zzazazz at 3:15 PM on August 6, 2008

Thanks for that. Good post and duly favoured.
posted by mattoxic at 5:35 PM on August 6, 2008

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