Re: Gatling gun on an ironclad?
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Dave Gorski <amhistoryguy@...>
> The Gatling gun prior to 1865 had many problems. Among
> them, often the bores of the six barrels failed to align with the
> chambers. The U.S. Army purchased NONE of Gatling's guns.
> This may have also been due to the falling out of favor of another
> rapid fire weapon, the " Coffee Mill Gun." This weapon was
> prone to breakdown, and was even dangerous to operate.
> A major problem with all rapid fire weapons was that the quality
> of powder used caused fouling after only a few minutes. This
> problem was not corrected until after the war.
> A purchase of 12 Gatling guns was made by Maj. General Ben
> Butler out of his own pocket, and it was these guns that were used
> at Petersburg, the only action Gatling guns saw during the Civil
> In January of 1865, after many improvements including going
> to a rim fire copper case cartridge, it was officially adopted by
> the U. S. in 1866.
> The Army misunderstood the potential of the Gatling Gun however,
> assigning it to artillery use, rather than as an infantry infantry
>Is it known of how many casualties the gatling gun inflicted at
> Regards, Dave Gorski
- --- In email@example.com, keeno2@... wrote:
> In a message dated 1/10/2009 5:26:24 A.M. Central Standard Time,
> carlw4514@... writes:
> I seem to be in a mood for this sort of thing this morning.
> When the subject was first raised, my first thought was the snipers
> fired on all Union ships from the banks of the Mississippi. Alittle strafing
> from a Gatlin could have been used to depress that sort ofactivity. But then,
> what's the use of the equivalent of an entire regiment loosing avolley against
> a puff of smoke? You keep his head down until you're out of range.Not
> exactly cost effective. Not a real deterrent so long as the sniperhas a rock or a
> large tree to duck behind after his damage has been done.similar to my thoughts, ole...
Ironclads are not anti-personnel weapons. They are built to seek out
and destroy enemy ships, hence they throw 60, 120 even 350 pound
rounds. An enemy ship is a target; a lone enemy gunman is a waste of
That said, every ship carries rifle-toting Marines, or other men,
providing close support for boarding and, perhaps, snipers...
- I wonder what Porter was going to do with one, if it's true he
> That said, every ship carries rifle-toting Marines, or other men,
> providing close support for boarding and, perhaps, snipers...
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Carl Williams" <carlw4514@...>
>I often wonder that of many purchases of the 'latest and greatest' ;)
> I wonder what Porter was going to do with one, if it's true he
> purchased one