Thunder in Hand, Civil War Handguns Presentation Saturday, April 30th, at 10:00 a.m.

The Salado Museum & College Park will host a special presentation of “Thunder In Hand, Civil War Handguns” on Saturday April 30, 2022 at 10:00 AM at the Museum, located at 423 South Main Street in Salado.

Museum & College Park Executive Director David Swarthout announced that the presentation will be made by John C. Perry, who is an author and Civil War period firearms collector. The event will be a fundraiser for the Museum.

According to Mr. Swarthout, “John’s presentation will be a follow‐up to a well‐attended talk which he made in 2019 on Civil War carbines titled, ‘Galloping Thunder.’” Perry, at the April 30th event, will talk about where handgun technology was at the advent of the Civil War, describing the contributions made by such gun notables as Samuel Colt, Christian Sharps, Eliphalet Remington, Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson, among others. He will discuss which firearms were the more popular handguns during the Civil War, used in both the North and the South, and he will bring a number of firearms to display.

Ticket prices for the event are $10 per person and will be available at the door. Refreshments will be served at the event. “In addition, John has donated several original Civil War bullets to be given away, along with copies of his last book, Galloping Thunder, to be used as a fundraiser for the museum,” said Swarthout, adding, “Raffle tickets will be available for attendees to purchase at the event and winning tickets will be drawn at the conclusion of his presentation.”

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 firearms and artifacts from that era. Perry has written several books, three related to the Civil War, The Alamo of the Confederacy, Myths and Realities of American Slavery, and Galloping Thunder. His newest book on Civil War handguns, Thunder in Hand, will be out later this year.

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