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US-Bürgerkrieg: Die Jack Hinson Story


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Die hierzulande etwas weniger bekannte Geschichte von Jack Hinson, welcher als Scharfschütze auf Konföderierter Seite kämpfte.

Bemerkenswerte Geschichte aus dem Amerikanischen Bürgerkrieg. Vor Jahren ist ein Buch über ihn erschienen, auf welches ich neulich aufmerksam geworden bin. Mit einer eigens dafür angefertigten Kentucky Rifle Kal. .50 im Wallbüchsenformat (18 Pfund) erzielte er geschätzte 100 Abschüsse auf Entfernungen bis 600 Meter. Es gibt ein Photo von Jack Hinson und das Gewehr existiert noch heute und befindet sich in Privatbesitz. Nachdem Hinson als Irregulärer (damals bereits um die 50 Jahre alt) als sogenannter Bushwhacker kämpfte, jagten ihn Nordstaatler auch noch nach dem Krieg, erwischten ihn aber nie.






Throwback Thursday: Jack Hinson's One-Man War by W.H. "Chip" Gross - Thursday, August 15, 2019


Hinson first commissioned a special rifle, to be built by a local gunsmith. A .50-caliber, percussion-cap muzzleloader, the gun was a typical Kentucky rifle save two differences: its weight (18 pounds), and its lack of the usual decorative brass ornamentation. Both attributes were intentional. The long, heavy octagonal barrel would make the gun an excellent long-range sniper rifle, and the plainness of the gun would aid in its camouflage.
The first victim of Jack Hinson’s new rifle was the lieutenant of the patrol that had killed Hinson’s two sons. Hinson shot him from ambush while the lieutenant was riding horseback at the head of a column. Several months later, Hinson’s second victim was the soldier who had placed Hinson’s sons’ heads on the plantation gateposts.

From his vantage point high above the river, Hinson would rest his heavy rifle on a rock or tree limb and shoot men 500 or more yards away. An excellent marksman, he used only open sights and tallied more than 100 kills; …





Hier auch ein aussagekräftiges Video von einem der Schauplätze 


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