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Fort Sill, Oklahoma is home of the US Army Field Artillery Museum. There are also some famous people buried here. It was a half-day trip of some things that I have wanted to see for years.

In the early 1800s, the French were known for infantry tactics, and the British were known for having a good Navy. The United States excelled with artillery.

As you enter the Field Artillery Museum, you are greeted by Ringgold's Flying Artillery. During the Mexican War, Maj. Samuel Ringgold developed tactics for artillery and is known as the father of modern artillery. He developed light weight artillery that could move quickly and change positions without difficulty. This proved instrumental in winning several key battles.

Major Ringgold's death during the US-Mex War did not stop the advancement of artillery.

In the museum, there are many mannequins that have uniforms made by Steve Abolt. I think he made all the 18th and 19th century uniforms except maybe the Confederate soldier.

This soldier (below) is dressed in War of 1812 uniform. The cannon has a double trailer on the carriage. This is probably closer to what Major Dade had with his cannon on the Fort King road. Everyone is always thinking of the later Civil War style for Major Dade, which is not correct. The changes in artillery were soon to follow in the next decade.

And here is the rear of the carriage hooked up to a limber.

I like this battery box display.

And a few failed experiments in artillery, like the mule cannon.

The mule shown here is the last Army mule, who died in 1931. He is stuffed here for our benefit.

And a Gatlin gun.

The museum continues with all the modern stuff, including things from my service in the Army.

Outside is an impressive display of artillery. My favorite is the M65, 280mm Atomic Cannon.

Next I went several miles down range to see the Apache cemetery. When I was in Arizona, I became learned about the history of the Apache, and am familiar with many people buried here.

The most famous is Geronimo. (Below.)

The large tombstone to the right of Geronimo's pyramid is Jason Betzinez and his wife. He was a nephew to Geronimo, and wrote an excellent eyewitness account of Geronimo. It is one of my favorite books on the Apache.

And in the main post cememtery are the family graves of Quanah Parker, the most famous Comanche chief.

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