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    Default A successful guerilla Civil war sniper

    A successful guerilla Civil war sniper

    The photo is a Civil War sniper hide. It is cave that overlooks the Tennessee River. Larry Ray sits in the cave on a bluff on the east side of the Tennessee River at the mouth of Hurricane Creek where Confederate Civil War sniper Jack Hinson was able to hide. There was a bounty on Hinsonís head until the day he died. Hinson eventually killed enough men in blue to man a fort or fill a gunboat crew, according to one of Rayís articles.

    Hinson in revenge for the murder and decapitation of his two younger sons would sit in that cave and kill union officers and some enlisted men on flatboats from inside that cave. He was likely far enough back that the blast and smoke from his blackpowder muzzle loader was not observed. He had a target grade 18 lb muzzle loader built that was said to capable out to 500 yards.
    He was not an official member of any military group at the beginning of the war being neutral, but against succession in principle.

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    Below is a YouTube video with more details of the story.


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    Great read. Honest man turned guerrilla by events outside of his control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by m48shooter View Post
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    Great read. Honest man turned guerrilla by events outside of his control.
    Kindle link https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/15...&tag=jdteta-20

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    Very well done book.

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    Just ordered, looking forward to the read. Thanks for the post.
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    This is supposed to Jack Hinson's rifle. It appears to have set trigger and projection about where a pistol grip would be on a more modern rifle. Sights appear to be open. http://www.gunsandammo.com/editorial...-rifle/247860#
    Captain Jack's first order of business was to acquire a .50-caliber, heavy-barreled rifle. The gun would be of the percussion-cap variety and completely subdued except for the German silver bead on the front sight that would be overlaid on many a Union target. This Kentucky rifle sported a 41-inch rifled barrel that would help him reach out to nearly a half-mile for his debt settlement with the unsuspecting Union enemy.
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    Captain Jack's revenge began as it should, with the elimination of the Lieutenant and Sergeant who were responsible for his sons' beheadings. He knew where their patrols would ride and planned the ambush for weeks. The shots were up close and personal, dropping the Lieutenant from his saddle as he rode past Jack's well-concealed position. Before the smell and smoke from his shot could dissipate into the woods, Jack disappeared like a ghost into his familiar surroundings. Although the Union patrol had the numbers and horses, Jack had surveyed the target area and had a well-planned escape route. On top of this, he was moving in his own backyard. He knew every stone and tree in the woods near his farm. He was able to operate as a true guerilla fighter should. He could hit the enemy at the time and place of his choosing. He took plenty of time to plan his next move. ............... Dover, Tennessee, launched riders on a wintry night to notify Jack that he would be targeted the next morning by the Union forces. Jack made a decisive move. Disregarding the blizzard that was upon him, he sent his wife and seven of his children west to Sulfur Wells. His two youngest daughters were fighting measles during this chilling trip west to seek safety with relatives. Jack packed up his sniper rifle and headed to the high ground of 'Tween the Rivers. Little did he know that this would be the last time he would see his two little girls, who would succumb to their sickness.Jack headed to a ridge-top cave that would be his hiding place while he eventually settled the score. From that hiding place, it was an easy climb to a high, angled shooting position that would allow him to prey on Union officers. The Southern Sniper had found the Achilles heel of this Tennessee waterway: Union boats struggling against the rapids, almost coming to a standstill. As though the boats were frozen in place, Jack had plenty of time to steady his rifle and squeeze the trigger after selecting the ranking officer on the Union boat deck. ...................






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    I've been reading this recently as I got a copy for Christmas. Good book so far, i am currently at the point where the war is getting too close for comfort to the Hinson farm.

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    I’m going to ask, what man wouldn’t do this? It wouldn’t be about picking sides at that point, it would just be about taking scalps.....

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    He’s nicer then I would be, he only killed the high ranking....

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    Quote Originally Posted by chad newton View Post
    He’s nicer then I would be, he only killed the high ranking....
    He had a single shot and chose to do the most damage with his shots. Basic rules of war is that the loss of most officers is a greater blow to an enemy army than the loss of a private.

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