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Peril in the Powder Mills: Gunpowder & Its Men

David McMahon & Anne Kelly Lane (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-1933-5 ©2004
Price: $18.95
Book Size: 8.5" x 11" , 118 pages
Category/Subject: HISTORY / United States / 19th Century

Black powder and the daring powder makers played an important role in the development of America -- both militarily and historically.

“Peril in the Powder Mills” provides insight into an exciting chapter of American history – the Black Powder Era. Black powder is intertwined with the early expansion of our country. Overviews are given of leading American powder companies, their roles in the Civil War, and the risks involved in powder making. Over 85 powder labels, vintage photos, trade cards and gunpowder ads are shown throughout the book. This story of black powder will be of particular interest to Civil War buffs, historians, gun aficionados, muzzle loaders, and sporting collectors.

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Customer Reviews

  Wonderful trip to the past! , 09/25/2004
Reviewer: Janet Gaitor
Having also been born and raised in this rural area of Upstate New York, I had many questions about our local history, and David and Anne have answered many of my personal questions. A lot of "light bulbs" have gone off in my head since I've rekindled my interest of the past. Now I have even MORE questions and newfound curiousity.

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  Women in Black Powder , 11/04/2004
Reviewer: Linda McWhorter
I really liked the chapter on women in black powder. I would also like to know the story of black powder to the present day. I've worked at Dixie Gunworks for 37 years and found the book facinating.

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  Black Powder Enthusiast , 11/04/2004
Reviewer: Gary Roedl
A wealth of information for the black powder enthusiast as well as the student of history. An interesting example of safety were the angel buggies used to transport powder in the mills on wooden rail lines. If the powder in the buggies blew, it tended to creat angels. The authors did extensive research in this work, much available from the excellent Hagley Museum in Wilmington, DE. G Roedl book editor - The Gun Report

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  Little Known Industry , 06/26/2005
Reviewer: Elizabeth Castro
I knew nothing of the powder mills and the black powder industry before reading this informative book. I now have a strong appreciation for the men who risked their lives to work in this dangerous profession. The labels and illustrations were extremely interesting.

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  Informative , 03/31/2010
Reviewer: Norman H. Salisbury
Growing up in the area of Valley Falls, and Schaghticoke, it was very educational and informative. I learned of the danger, and the importance of the Powder Mills were to the military. Excellent read, part of history, we should not forget.

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  Rare Find , 01/17/2014
Reviewer: herbert bahrmann
This book is a rare find. Not much has been written about the early gunpowder mills. Revolutionary War re-enactors and history buffs are sure to enjoy the read. Well researched, well written this book is informative and interesting.

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