Salado Museum and College Park presents Galloping Thunder: Civil War Carbines, a presentation of historic firearms by author and Civil War weaponry expert, John C. Perry, Saturday, September 28, at 1:00 p.m. in the museum meeting hall at 423 South Main in Salado.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children (under 6 free). Tickets can be purchased at the door or on Eventbrite.
Mr. Perry will be showing and demonstrating a variety of weapons used by soldiers from 1861 to 1865, including muskets, carbines, pistols, bayonets, sabers and ammunition. His presentation will include information on the evolution of firearms, how weapons affected battle tactics, and the human toil the weapons took. He will also demonstrate how to fire a Civil War musket, carbine and pistol.
In addition, John has generously donated a framed Spencer carbine bullet found on the Gettysburg battlefield and one of the Civil War books he has written to be used as a fundraiser for the museum. Raffle tickets will be available for attendees to purchase at the event and winning tickets will be drawn at the conclusion of his presentation.
John Perry has been a student of the Civil War ever since he found his first minié ball at the age of eight which started his lifelong passion of collecting relics and documents from that era. In addition to firearms, bullets and military items, his collection includes documents signed and/or written by Civil War politicians, generals and soldiers. Perry has written several books, two related to the Civil War, The Alamo of the Confederacy and The Myths and Realities of American Slavery. His latest book, Weapons of Destruction: The Firearms of the Civil War, is due out next year.