> So who's going to tell the Friends of Raymond?
> People are sending them Whitworth bolts for
> their displays.
I have been in contact with Parker Hills about this, unfortunately he accepts Bearss' account as gospel, and Bearss states (without a footnote to support it) that Bledsoe had a Whitworth and two twelve-pounders.
Interestingly enough, one of the documents he sent me shows that a six-pounder shell was found buried 100 yards from Hwy 19 five feet deep into the *Confederate* side of the hill. I asked him did he not consider this as proof that the Confederates were firing at least one six pounder, and he seemed to suggest that unless he sees written documentation to the contrary, he's going to stick with Bearss' account.
I actually have a different interpretation of where the federal cannon were positioned than Gen. Hills, and using my positioning it would be more likely that a federal ball could lodge into the hill at that point ... but still I think it would be impossible.