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 Posted: Mon Nov 26th, 2012 01:12 pm
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Texas Defender

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  James Wolfe Ripley was born in 1794, and had already passed the usual retirement age before the war began.

  I'm not sure if he can be called old-fashioned, since he was very receptive to the need for rifled cannon. He was much less so to any form of repeating rifle, because he thought that it would lead to wholesale wasting of ammunition.

  Here is a bio of Ripley from the much maligned (especially on this forum) Wikipedia site. It gives a pretty good discussion of the controversy about muskets and repeating rifles.

James Wolfe Ripley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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