New and Improved Katniss

You know who Katniss is, right?  Katniss Everdeen, of course, is who I’m speaking of.  If you read Hunger Games or watched the movie by the same name, she was the young lady who is the heroine.  Mind you, she’s not the kind of girl to take lightly: she’s an expert with a bow and arrow.  Her daddy wouldn’t need to keep a shotgun on the porch if you get my drift.

When I was a kid, I had a simple bow with some arrows and I’d do out into the back yard of our house in Antioch, California, and I’d shoot at targets I’d tape to a box I put against the fence.  I enjoyed it and it was fun to watch the arrow fly…and hopefully hit the target.

When our oldest granddaughter was our last week to spend most of the week with us, we took her to the nearby Bass Pro Shop where the archery guy gave her a quick lesson.  He took her to the indoor archery range where she got to fire away!

I thought it was so cute…and our granddaughter absolutely LOVES Katniss!!!!  But I’ll tell you the truth, my grandpa’s heart thinks she’s much better than Katniss even if she never hit the target (which she did hit, by the way!!!!)  So, future courtiers of my granddaughter, beware!!!!

_MG_3857SMON THIS DAY IN HISTORY: On this day in 1864, at the Battle of the Crater, the Union’s ingenious attempt to break the Confederate lines at Petersburg, Virginia, by blowing up a tunnel that had been dug under the Rebel trenches fails.

In late June, a Union regiment from the 48th Pennsylvania Infantry began digging a tunnel under the Rebel fortifications. The soldiers, experienced miners from Pennsylvania’s anthracite coal regions, dug for nearly a month to construct a horizontal shaft over 500 feet long. At the end of the tunnel, they ran two drifts, or side tunnels, totaling 75 feet along the Confederate lines to maximize the destruction. Four tons of gunpowder filled the drifts, and the stage was set.

Union soldiers lit the fuse before dawn on July 30. The explosion that came just before 5:00 a.m. blew up a Confederate battery and most of one infantry regiment, creating a crater 170 feet long, 60 to 80 feet wide, and 30 feet deep. As one Southern soldier wrote, “Several hundred yards of earth work with men and cannon was literally hurled a hundred feet in the air.” However, the Union was woefully unprepared to exploit the gap. The Yankees were slow to exit the trenches, and when they did the 15,000 attacking troops ran into the crater rather than around it. Part of the Rebel line was captured, but the Confederates that gathered from each side fired down on the Yankees. The Union troops could not maintain the beachhead, and by early afternoon they retreated back to their original trenches.

The battle was depicted in part in the movie, Cold Mountain, starring Jude Law and Nicole Kidman.

TRIVIA FOR TODAY: talk about gaining weight!  The earth gains about 100 tons a day due to falling space dust and particles.


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