Statistics for occurrence #1 of “Bess” in chapter 33 of An English Combatant, Lieutenant of Artillery of the Field Staff., Battlefields of the South from Bull Run to Fredericksburgh; with sketches of Confederate commanders, and gossip of the camps.:

...general consent it seems breechloaders are preferred; what think you? I am a better judge of pens than rifles, perhaps, but many old wiseheads still seem to prefer the smooth-bore musket-brown Bess , as it is called-and consider it more destructive than any. Yes, said the Major, their reasons are peculiar; I have frequently heard them. They tell you that at short range, with buckshot, yo...
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Bess 33 2 1 0 0 user votes
C. Bess 18 0 0 0 0 user votes
W. J. Bess 4 0 0 0 0 user votes
Colin Bess 2 0 0 0 0 user votes
Hattie Bess 2 0 0 0 0 user votes
Samuel Bess 2 0 0 0 0 user votes
Thomas Bess 2 0 0 0 0 user votes

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