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Colonel John F. Biemeck was born in Illinois and is a life long black powder historian. As a child he heard stories about his families ordeal during the Civil War from family members and became interested in history. At age 11 he visited the Lookout Mountain Battlefield, saw his first black powder artillery projectile and developed a lifelong passion for black powder cannon balls and projectiles. Upon entering the U.S. Army, he learned black powder explosive ordnance procedures and realized how little had been documented on the deactivation of black powder projectiles. During the next fifty years, he pioneered black powder deactivation experiments and collected data on black powder projectiles, participating in the recovery of over 1,700 projectiles, circa 1776 to 1865. In the process he deactivated over 600 projectiles, making observations and recording data on the components, charges and the configuration of fuses and projectiles. His education includes a B.S. degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University and a Masters Degree in Industrial Management (with highest distinction) from Babson College. He entered the U.S. Army from college and became a career Ordnance officer. Following his retirement he managed Marriotts International Headquarters complex retiring again in 1997, to enter public service. He is the past president of the Colonial Beach Historical Society and the past curator of the Museum at Colonial Beach. He is also the past Vice Mayor of Colonial Beach, and served on the Town Council for over five years. He has compiled extensive data on black powder projectiles, has been a contributor to historical publications and is frequently contacted by EOD detachments and historians conducting black powder projectile research. He participated as an explosive munitions advisor in the recovery of explosive projectiles from the USS Westfield in Galveston Harbor, Texas and was commissioned to travel to Alaska to deactivate a historic projectile that had been fired into a Native Alaskan Indian village by the US Navy in 1869. The publication of this Encyclopedia is the capstone to over 50 years of research and the assembly of black powder projectile data.

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