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I have a BA Hons degree in typographic design and Masters degree in business administration. I worked in the publishing industry for 30 years as a setter, copy editor and proof reader, before moving into management. Now semi-retired.

My main interest areas are cookery, cricket, and reading/writing.


Dec
10
comment Why did Civil War officers tell their men to “aim low”?
@JonEricson Thanks for your note. I still believe your selected answer is wrong (as is so often the case on here) it had nothing to do with the incorrect range selection and everything to do with the kick of the musket sending the ball high. It's questionable how many Springfield rifles were in use at Gettysburg considering they only started production in 1861. In the early parts of the war, smooth bored muskets will still being used.
Dec
10
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Dec
10
comment In the US Civil War, what factors contributed to the Union having such a numerical advantage over the Confederacy?
How do you expect me to reference dozens of books read many years ago? I read several books a week on a variety of different subjects. I posted that answer with no research and before reading that wikipedia article, yet the figures support it. The Confederacy had 1/2 the population of the North and of that 89% of that population were slaves. Why are you surprised that the Confederacy not only had a much smaller army, but also had to conscript far more of their eligible population? Isn't it obvious to you?
Dec
10
comment In the US Civil War, what factors contributed to the Union having such a numerical advantage over the Confederacy?
No I don't think it would be to be honest. The answer is so blatantly obvious (and the figures more than support it) that it's not worth continuing to discuss. Just accept some of us rely on knowledge gained from books and not constantly trawling Wikipedia articles.
Dec
10
comment In the US Civil War, what factors contributed to the Union having such a numerical advantage over the Confederacy?
Relative to their population the Confederacy had to conscript more solidiers! If you don't think that 89% of the Souths population consisting of slaves who were not eligible to join the Army had a negative impact on the numbers of soldiers they could recruit, that is of course your prerogative. As far as I'm concerned (and according to the masses of literature I've read on the subject) that was the principle reason for the disparity in Soldier numbers and is the correct answer to the question asked.
Dec
10
comment In the US Civil War, what factors contributed to the Union having such a numerical advantage over the Confederacy?
Well the answer's there - read the difference in figures for free v slave for both the Union and The Confederacy. 89% of the South's population were slaves who were not eligible to join the Army compared with 11% of the Union who were slaves (who wern't eligible). That left just 19% of the free Southern population consisting of men women and children. What are you disagreeing with?
Dec
10
comment In the US Civil War, what factors contributed to the Union having such a numerical advantage over the Confederacy?
What do those figures represent and where are you getting them from? Were slaves counted in 'total population'? Bear in mind that the slave population of the south was quite large and as I've said, slaves were not eligible for conscription. Also bear in mind that ex-slaves (freed slaves) were eligible to join the Union Army.
Dec
10
answered Why did Civil War officers tell their men to “aim low”?
Dec
10
answered In the US Civil War, what factors contributed to the Union having such a numerical advantage over the Confederacy?
Dec
10
comment In the US Civil War, what factors contributed to the Union having such a numerical advantage over the Confederacy?
This answer is a really poor one, there's no reasoning at all behind the answer. Yes, the North was more industrialised, but why would this represent a larger number of fighting men than the south?
Dec
8
comment How is Gaddafi viewed outside the West?
I was referring to weaponry rather than military personnel.
Dec
7
comment In the Medieval period, how long would an average swordsmith need to forge an average sword?
I agree with the other comments here, I think you're talking a matter of days for a bog standard long sword. What would stack up the time considerably is how ornate the sword is, what precious metals are used in the hilt, what engraving was used etc, all would add time to construction. There's a few websites out there about reproduction medieval armour, I was looking at one the other day, they would give you a better idea of time scales.
Dec
7
answered How is Gaddafi viewed outside the West?
Dec
7
answered Was the Zimmerman Telegram a ruse on the US or a way of Germany to incite Mexico to declare war on the US?
Dec
6
comment Why did the United Kingdom industrialize first?
Actually I see the point RI Swamp Yankee is making, but I think he's interpreting the question too literally. Let's say for arguments sake the Dutch were first to invent industrial machinery, if they did they either didn't see the commercial benefits of the machines they invented or they couldn't make them work. The UK was the first to do both those things - and that's what gave them such a substantial leg up in world commerce.
Dec
6
comment What's the advantage of the infantry column formation in the Napoleonic Wars?
@T.E.D Firstly, I haven't read your answer, secondly, I know enough about the Napoleonic wars to know that generally Napoleon fielded larger armies than his opponents (and wasted more troops) and where he didn't, he won by better strategy and discipline, yet still used the column formation. Look at the sheer number of troops he marched into Russia with.
Dec
6
revised Did the roman conquerors have directives/guidelines to either integrate or assimilate foreign tribes/folks?
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Dec
6
answered Did the roman conquerors have directives/guidelines to either integrate or assimilate foreign tribes/folks?
Dec
5
answered Was the IMF complicit in destroying the Romanian economy?
Dec
5
comment In what ways did the rise of a true middle class in Europe during the late 19th century become apparent?
@Rose Ames - What an awfully long winded way of not answering the question!