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CFP: "From War to Peace," Empire, Power, Identity, and Conflict (EPIC) Regional Conference

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Empire, Power, Identity and Conflict (EPIC) Regional Conference: Call for Papers 2015

The History Department at Mississippi State University are hosting the ninth regional EPIC (Empire, Power, Identity and Conflict, formerly IS/IS) Conference on September 25-26, 2015.  We invite graduate students and faculty to submit paper proposals on topics that focus on military history, diplomatic history, political history, international relations, international security, and internal safety.

Re: Evidence of soldiers jamming rifles

Along the same line, here is what veteran John McElroy wrote about soldiers cleaning their guns. McElroy served in the 16th Illinois Cavalry and later was publisher of The National Tribune

They employed the very brief halt of the regiment in swabbing out the barrels of their muskets very carefully, and removing the last traces of moisture from the nipples and hammers.