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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 02:33 PM

Gators and the Civil War. Anyone ever heard gators mentioned in connection with the


Civil War? For instance, the siege of Vicksburg. There must have been gators around. Seems that would have seemed noteworthy to Union soldiers.


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Reply Gators and the Civil War. Anyone ever heard gators mentioned in connection with the (Original post)
raccoon Feb 2013 OP
Brother Buzz Feb 2013 #1
raccoon Feb 2013 #4
Brother Buzz Feb 2013 #5
Sekhmets Daughter Feb 2013 #2
ladjf Feb 2013 #12
Leslie Valley Feb 2013 #3
NWHarkness Feb 2013 #6
Tuesday Afternoon Feb 2013 #7
Mojorabbit Feb 2013 #9
Leslie Valley Feb 2013 #8
Buzz Clik Feb 2013 #10
ladjf Feb 2013 #11
HooptieWagon Feb 2013 #13

Response to raccoon (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 02:40 PM

1. What precisely is a gator?

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 02:44 PM

4. Scientific name, Alligator mississippiensis. nt

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Response to raccoon (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 02:50 PM

5. I believe Leslie Valley, downthread, may be on to something.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 02:43 PM

2. Ship Island, MS 'gators were seen there.

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Response to Sekhmets Daughter (Reply #2)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 04:01 PM

12. also by the French when they first entered the mouth of the Mississippi.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 02:44 PM

3. They may have been used as cannon, as referenced in this historical document

 

from the Battle of New Orleans

We fired our cannon 'til the barrel melted down.
So we grabbed an alligator and we fought another round.
We filled his head with cannon balls, and powdered his behind
And when we touched the powder off, the gator lost his mind.



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Response to Leslie Valley (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 02:59 PM

6. Wrong war!

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Response to NWHarkness (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 03:00 PM

7. beat me to it. yes. wrong war. good song, though.

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Response to Tuesday Afternoon (Reply #7)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 03:21 PM

9. I have not heard that in years! LOL nt

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Response to NWHarkness (Reply #6)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 03:04 PM

8. Same theory though.

 

n/t

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Response to Leslie Valley (Reply #3)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 03:23 PM

10. +1

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 04:00 PM

11. During a research project based in Vicksburg history which entailed reading all the

newspapers from about 1830 through 1900, I never recall seeing anything about alligators relating to the civil war. Most of the Union forces seemed to concentrated East of the river on higher ground. However, the soldiers who were tasked with attempting to
divert the river on the Western side would have definitely come in contact with alligators, mosquitoes and other unsavory creatures. They abandoned that project.

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Response to raccoon (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 04:23 PM

13. Perhaps because gators like swamps,

and armies tend to stick to higher ground? Tough to march in swamps, especially carrying gear. Horses, wagons, and artillery are right out of the question.
Also, gators are cold-blooded...it might be too cold for them that far north. AFAIK, they're only prevelent in Florida and Missippippi Delta regions.

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