Supplemental Report of the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War

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General Books, 2009 - 402 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1866 Excerpt: ... COMMUNICATION OF NORMAN WIARD, ADDRESSED TO THE Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, upon the subject of great guns. Feeruary, 27,1S65.--Referred to the Committee on Naval Affairs and ordered to be printed. To the Honorable Committee on the Conduct of the War, United States Sena'e: 1. Since the battle of Solferino, when rifled cannon were first actively put in use, all the nations liable to a state of war have been straining every nerve to improve their ordnance, and hence their improvements in the means of defence, and the experiments conducted to produce large rifled guns were cotemporary with the experiments in iron-clad ships. Modern warfare, therefore, with large rifled guns and iron-clad ships, is in its infancy, al'.hough large smooth bores and wooden ships have an eailier date; their general use in service began with the present rebellion, and, at this date, the large gun of either class, not liable either to the accident of enlargement of the bore or bursting has not yet been made; while of rifles we have none over 30-pounders that have not proved utterly unsafe, except a few 6O-pounder Parrott's, untried in battle, and some experimental SO-pounders which have been made, but never put in service. 2. As field rifle guns were successfully used before the rebellion, it appears that no improvements have been made in large gnns during the war, whilst every other branch of inventive genins has been successfully keeping pace with the march of the revolution in science and mechanics. 3. We can, and we should have guns to answer the purpose of their creation equally with agricultural instruments. 4. What farmer would continue to use a plough, if it were liable to burst and blow him and his team to atoms '! Private enterprise overcomes these difficul...

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