Imagine If This Crazy Confederate Helicopter Had Actually Been Able to FlyEric Limer4/20/13 6:00pm361EditPromoteGo to permalink Back in the 1860s, repeating rifles were a pretty new development. There was a still a lot of horse-riding and open field-fighting. And the Ashokan Farewell played under everything. But the south had a high tech trick under its sleeve. A good old-fashioned whirlybird.