Re: [civilwarwest] Re: Artillery
- On 5/3/05, Jeff <jblake47@...> wrote:
> --- In email@example.com, keeno2@a... wrote:As a side, a president's casket is put on a caisson, which is attached
> > Just a small question. I had understood that the limber, with its
> > pulled the gun. Caissons were separate units Had they been pulling
> guns, they would
> > be limbers. Essentially, caissons were ammo boxes following a
> particular gun
> > in a particular battery.
> > So we have an ammunition box (a caisson), if pulling a gun, is a
> limber . It
> > was a caisson if it was not attached to a gun, but a separate or
> dual entity
> > carrying the same ammunition as a limber. Okay. Limber and gun
> pulled by one
> > team. Caisson(s) carried by another team. Now we have three
> ammunition boxes per
> > gun (each ammunition box, limber or caisson, carried the same
> supply). I'm
> > fairly certain that's how the regulation battery (6 guns) went into
> formation --
> > at least 72 horses. I'm so confused.
> The six-horse team pulls a limber and the limber contains one
> ammunition box. Each gun has two limbers, one pulls the gun and the
> other pulls the caisson. The caisson can be viewed as a double
> limber with spare parts. You can always recognize the caisson
> because it has a spare wheel attached to it's rear. Each gun was
> suplied with 4 limber boxes of ammunition.
> Thus each gun had two limbers which would alternately bring forward a
> single box of ammunition and return to the caisson for another box as
> needed. The limbers were light enough to be able to be maneuvered by
> the gun crews if necessary.
to a limber, which is pulled by the horses, just like in the war,
except, of course, there is no ammunition chests.