Yes. The ad-hoc 1st Fire Zouaves Bn. was all the way on the right flank of the Federal line. The 4 full scale rifles apparently representing Ricketts' Battery and the section of Griffin's on HHH (never saw that abbrieviated like LRT before!!) were handled in a very unsafe manner; at times being manhandled, charged, with the muzzles not 1-2 rods from our faces; they were not primed, but did have the picks in the vents, pierced into the cartridge. At another point, right before that, the rifle on the far right- its hub literally no more than a couple yards from the yellow tape in front of the crop of 'taters- was about to FIRE until shouted down by us not to, given the proximity.
We registered a formal complaint, and one of our members in the 5th NY sent us this follow-up email:
(nuts, it was deleted from my Yahoo email archive!)
Anyway, whatever unit was operating those pieces was apparently suspended for 3 years by whatever governing body oversees them.
Last edited by Tom Scoufalos; 08-01-2006 at 10:54 AM.
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