In Taken at the Flood, pg. 342, Harsh mentions a letter which Lee
writes to Davis about the progress of the Maryland campaign from
September 12 through the 16th. Harsh quotes part of Lee's letter,
the part about Jackson's news of the reduction of Harper's Ferry;
the letter contains information of something I find extremely
interesting and have no clue as to what he meant:
"From a more detailed statement furnished by General Jackson's
adjutant-general, it appears that 49 pieces of artillery, 24
mountain howitzers, and 17 revolving guns, 11,000 men fit for
duty (consisting of twelve regiments of infantry, three companies
of cavalry, and six companies of artillery), together with 11,000
small-arms, were the fruits of this victory."
I can visualize what mountain howitzers are and I presume the
varied pieces of artillery probably included the 3 inch ordnance
rifle and 12 lb Napoleon pieces in varying degrees of quantity.
However, I am totally at a loss and puzzled at what "revolving
guns" could be? It is clear that Lee refers to them in the
context of artillery (I think???).
Any help here?
Yr. Obt. Svt.
G E "Gerry" Mayers
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