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Wonderful. Seems we've found a WBtP fan. We could use the help with that category. Turtle Fan 19:56, November 6, 2009 (UTC)

Reillyburgh and Merkle's Hill[]

What are Reillyburgh and Merkle's Hill? I know that they are probably both towns in Detina but I know nothing apart from that. Are they based on anything. --JCC the Alternate Historian (talk) 21:50, September 16, 2019 (UTC)

I'm sure they are analogs of ACW battles but at short notice I can't find any clues as to which.Matthew Babe Stevenson (talk) 21:55, September 16, 2019 (UTC)
Maybe Turtle Fan, TR or ML4E know about these battles/places. --JCC the Alternate Historian (talk) 21:05, September 17, 2019 (UTC)
I'm not familiar with the ACW except in general terms. As Matthew says, Reillyburgh would correspond to an earlier battle that Braxton Bragg commanded for the south. From this article, Merkle's Hill is part of the Battled of the River of Death where Doubting George halted the rout and turned it into an orderly retreat. It would be an incident in the Battle of Chickamauga where General George Thomas did something similar.
Turtle Fan would be your best bet since he read the series although TR probably could tell you from his knowledge of the ACW. ML4E (talk) 23:38, September 17, 2019 (UTC)
Let's just hope either one of them knows what Reillyburgh and Merkle's Hill are. --JCC the Alternate Historian (talk) 18:10, September 18, 2019 (UTC)
The line Thomas held was known as Horseshoe Ridge. It's made up of several hills, and I'm trying to find a list of names for all of them that might justify a Merkle pun, but no luck so far.
Reillyburgh looks an awful lot like Perryville. Can anyone think of a notable individual named Perry Reilly or Reilly Perry, or a law firm or something known as Perry and Reilly? I'm getting plenty of hits on Bing, many of them using different spellings of Reilly, but none of them seem well-known enough to justify the wordplay. Turtle Fan (talk) 05:06, September 19, 2019 (UTC)
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