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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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