I note with displeasure that Antifa is at it again.
Officials in Gettysburg are bracing for protests this weekend coinciding with the 154th anniversary of the Civil War battle.
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Reports that the anti-fascist group Antifa plans to burn Confederate flags and desecrate graves have prompted calls on social media for other groups to gather in Gettysburg to counter those protesters.
The anniversary of the battle, which raged from July 1 to July 3, 1863, comes at a time when there is a growing movement to remove Confederate symbols from public spaces.
“There just seems to be a focus on that issue, when there has not been in the past,” Lawhon said.
There’s more at the link.
I understand that a Confederate re-enactor group is planning to hold activities at the Gettysburg battlefield this weekend. I wonder if they’ll have Civil War-era rifled muskets along, as part of their equipment – and maybe a Napoleon cannon or two? If so, I have an idea as to how to deal with the Antifa protests . . .
Bayonets. Bayonets are the way to go.
It's… probably wrong of me to hope for AntiFa casualties, though I expect that the re-enactors will not be using any kind of live ammo, and the worst danger to the irreverent little snots will be heat-stroke…
Another vote for bayonets…. and PPV or Livestreaming
I'd vote for a whiff of grape, followed by a musket volley and THEN a bayonet charge to deal with any survivors.
I live in the SF Bay area. And I'm more then fed up with Antifa and all their works.
1. Fix Bay-o-nets.
2. Front rank kneel.
3. Front rank fire.
Repeat with the rear rank, rinse and repeat until time for the Bay-o-net charge.
Several of my friends are now, or have been in the past re-enactors. I could almost- *almost!* pity those poor fools, should they attempt to cause mischief.
There will be enough powder there for smoke, but no, shot isn't likely. No matter how the thought might warm the cockles of your heart. Nor bayonets used as they were intended. But. Significantly.
The re-enactors of my experience are not pipe-stem armed, pasty faced beneath their masks and hoodies, and soft-handed Pro-fascists, no matter what their tough talk may say. Getting clubbed by a musket stock will break bones. Those boys are used to roughousing, fistfights, and hard work. Any conflict will likely be brief.
Bird shot. Bird shot.
Not generally deadly, but can make life miserable for quite a few morons.
Rock salt. Not the best for your rifle bore, but will leave a welt on exposed skin. Then the bayonet charge complete with rebel yell. And the flag. Don't forget the flag.
ANTIFA and "white privilege".
Nazi Germany and juden.
The prescribed bayonet for a 3-band Enfield has a 17" blade.
Report to follow if I see interesting happen. Wife and I are camping just off the battlefield, are planning on getting around the area, including horseback ride for a couple of hours.
And no, she and I are not traveling "alone", IYKWIMAIKTYD.
A joint Blue and Grey demonstration of volley fire.
I really, really like the rock salt idea.
Cold steel! Bayonet charge then run the remaining rabble down with cavalry and sabers.
Kinda wondering how many pounds of rock salt would constitute a standard load in a 4" Napoleon?
Currently lots of Confederate battle flags in sight, lots of military-style organizations wandering the battlefield. Lots of state sheriffs, including a bunch of mounted patrols parked at the campgrounds (stables and pastures available). Didn't see any protesters, but had a heavy thunderstorm run through the area earlier, and it's hot and humid.
Further notes if anything happens.
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