In "History of the 33rd Iowa Inf", I found these statements;During the night the Rebels kept up an occasional artillery fire- those of us on picket could see not only the flash of the guns- but the very blaze of the old fashioned matches they used, instead of the improved locks or primers of more modern construction.
This was during the Camden Expedition on Prairie D'Ane. I had thought that all artillery during the war used a perccusion fuse.(pull lanyard)
Can anyone shed some light on this subject?