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Old June 20, 2009, 07:01 AM   #1
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Civil War Artillery

Lately I've beed getting more and more interested in the big guns, and have found this site very interesting: http://www.civilwarartillery.com/basicfacts.htm
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Old June 20, 2009, 09:45 AM   #2
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Nice. I've always wanted a blackpowder cannon. A neighbor had one when I was a kid, it made the 4th of July extremely entertaining.
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Old June 20, 2009, 10:39 AM   #3
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When I was in college, a local guy lost both of his arms in a 4th of July cannon accident. There is a good reason they swabbed the barrels between shots.
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Old June 20, 2009, 11:36 AM   #4
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I know a couple of guys in reenactment batteries. A lot of fun but a lot of work and expense. One has rounded up enough members with horses to pull the piece and mount the crew.
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Old June 20, 2009, 12:08 PM   #5
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You haven't lived till you see a thirty pound Parrott Rifle fired first hand.
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Old June 20, 2009, 12:33 PM   #6
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Was part of the Ill battery. There lot's of fun, but VERY heavy. We never had horse's with our guns. Moving them was a chore. They can be pricey if you go for a Parrot or Napoleon.
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Old June 20, 2009, 02:07 PM   #7
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They can be pricey if you go for a Parrot or Napoleon.
Napoloens should be the cheapest. Sure you're not thinking Whitworth?
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Old June 20, 2009, 03:29 PM   #8
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Cheapest are mountain howitzers.
My horsey friend says his crew plans to upgrade from a howitzer to a 3" ordnance rifle. They got a team for a Parrott for one battle, but eight harness horses is a lot.
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Old June 21, 2009, 06:51 AM   #9
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I know of someone who shoots a small cannon about 3 feet long on Fourth of July using tennis balls as projectiles. Very nice. He and his father machined it themselves. Tim
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