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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP23 May 2023 4:46 p.m. PST

… Cannon

"The double-barreled cannon is as cool as it sounds. It can shoot two cannon balls at the same time that, when attached by a chain, can plough through anything in their path. When the cannon was forged in Athens, Georgia in the spring of 1862, the hope was it would be adopted by the Confederate Army as a powerhouse weapon. While this wouldn't be its fate, the double-barreled cannon remains a really cool weapon.

The double-barreled cannon was designed and forged by John Gilleland, a 53-year-old dentist and soldier in good standing with the Mitchell Thunderbolts. The money needed to produce the cannon was raised through a subscription fund, at a cost of about $350 USD per unit…"


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ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP24 May 2023 4:46 a.m. PST

I believe the North tinkered with the idea, too. With similar results.

mildbill24 May 2023 7:15 a.m. PST

Tried in the TYW, also in naval actions to bring down rigging. Since the guns have to go off the exact same time…

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 May 2023 3:30 p.m. PST



GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP25 May 2023 11:51 a.m. PST

Chain & Bar shot are loaded in a single barrel in naval usage. Effective against rigging, sails and spars but wildly unpredictable.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP26 May 2023 3:30 p.m. PST

And close infantry formations…


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