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  1. Created by the Confederate States Government in 1862, this Ordnance Manual is of value because it acts as a basic primer for ANYONE unfamiliar with artillery, the names and function of different types of cannon and mortars, their component parts, and basics of their operation. Included: - pages 5 - 6 Names of parts of an artillery piece; - pp.22 - 24 Types of projectiles; - pp.26 - 28 Parts of gun carriages and limber; - page 30 The travelling forge; - page 31 The mountain howitzer; - pp.35 - 42 Equipment required for operation of artillery piece; - pp.43 - 47 Equipment required for horses; - pp.60 - 62 Cleaning and maintenance of ordnance; - pp.72 - 80 Gunpowder and gun powder charge; - pp.81 - 82 Fuse (and fuze) and timers for shells; - pp.90 - 93 Ammunition chest (ammunition storage and transport) - page 97 Limber chest contents; - page 101 Smithy tools; - pp.142 - 3 Josiah Gorgas, Colonel CSA, Ordnance (the likely producer of this manual.) https://archive.org/details/fieldmanualforus00conf/page/n1 Field Manual for Use of the Officers on Ordnance Duty. [If you ever had a question about artillery and cannon, but were unwilling to embarrass yourself and ask, you will likely find the answer, here.] N.B. In response to a question posed some time ago, "What were cannon balls coated with to prevent them from rusting?" The answer: coal-tar.
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