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Re: Spiking the guns

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  • ebclemson
    Mark, not sure if you are enquiring what was done in the British army or American.... however, Captain John Cleeves Symmes stated that he used a Rat tail
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      Mark, not sure if you are enquiring what was done in the British army or American.... however, Captain John Cleeves Symmes stated that he used a "Rat tail file" to spike a gun in one of the blockhouses during the American sortie from Fort Erie. On an interesting note....Patrick Gass (late of the Lewis and Clark expedition) was a private in the 1st Infantry during the sortie. He stated that he was given a hammer and rat tail files to carry during the sortie due to the respect that the officers had in him. What Private Gass did not state in his memoirs was.....that at the time he was a 43 year old drunken one eye irishman. Taking his musket away and giving him a hammer and files was probably survior instinct for the officers of his company. Gass's claim to fame during the sortie was handing the hammer and a rat tail file over to Captain Symmes to spike the gun. Dave Bennett, 1st U. States Infantry & Missouri Rangers.





      --- In WarOf1812@y..., "Mark Ibbotson" <ibbo52@h...> wrote:
      > What methods were used to render cannon useless during this period.
      > Also was spiking the guns a straight forward process or did it take someone
      > with a little experience to perform it.
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      > Is there any articles knocking about on the subject.
      >
      > Ibbo
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