30 Jun 11. Sunday afternoon was spent observing the re-enactment of the Battle of Port Gamble, sponsored by the Washington State Civil War Association. Now, as WA state was nothing more than a territory, part of the Oregon Territory at that, during the time of the Civil War, it is highly unlikely that any such event ever occurred, but it was fun to go watch the show. While I was roaming around I entered an area that was designated a ship, her name I don't remember, but I had an opportunity to speak with several of the players, and learned quite a bit about my service I didn't know. Apparently, during the time of the Civil War, and for a couple decades thereafter, there was a Professorial Corps, much like today's current Medical Service Corp, whose job it was to educate those serving in the Navy. I was told that during Civil War era and later the literacy rate for the general population was 17% (I think we may be heading in that direction today), 24% for the Army, and 87% for the Navy due to the work of the "P" Corp (the insignia was a Fancy letter "P" on an Oak Leaf). I've done a bit of searching for more info but the only thing I found so far is a biography of a James Russel Soley who, from 1886 -1890, was a Professor in the Navy's Corps of Professors of Mathematics. I intend to find out more about this Corps and likely even join the WCWA to participate as a part of that Corps. After speaking with the LCDR who was telling me about all this, I proceeded to the battle field where battle was re-enacted and watched it from the Confederacy end of the field, having been told by one of the directors that that end would give me the best view of the cannon as they were fired. I shot about 150 images trying for the perfect shot but failed, however, I did get one acceptable image. Lots of smoke surround these old guns as they fire which makes it hard to get anything, but here is an idea of how it looked minus the sound that accompanied each blast! ISO400; 1/400 sec @ f / 8.