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The Most Impractical Weapons of The War

Discussion in 'Civil War History - General Discussion' started by Rebel Gray, Feb 8, 2018.

  1. Rebel Gray

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    In this thread lets list the most impractical weapons of the war. I will start us off the Vandenburgh volley gun:
     

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  3. 7th Mississippi Infantry

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    I'm looking forward to your thread.
    This should be good !
     
  4. major bill

    major bill Lt. Colonel Forum Host

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    Sounds like a great idea for a thread.
     
  5. Liberty and Secession

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    The double barreled cannon in Athens, Georgia

    Still pointed defiantly northward to this day
     

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    B&O's armored train.
     
  7. redbob

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    The Hale Rocket.
     
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    Great Thread. I'm going with the bridal cutting pike.
    pike.jpg
     
  9. Mark F. Jenkins

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    The Hunley and other submersibles. Interesting, yes; harbinger of the future, yes; even genius, yes; but practical weapon system? Not quite yet.
     
  10. 1950lemans

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    I don't have the particulars available at the moment but the pike was used as a tool and a weapon by the Navy, especially along the Mississippi R. campaign.
     
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    Ironclads in anything other than coaster waters or rivers. Not up to ocean travel yet.
     
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    There were actually two different types of pikes, the naval version was a valuable piece of equipment used for a number of reasons and purposes; while the Bridle Cutter pike and several other types were made as last ditch weapons to arm civilians and unarmed soldiers by the Confederacy. And while you may think how archaic this idea is, millions of pikes (many of them just sharpened bamboo stalks) were made by the Japanese in WWII to defend the home islands against an Allied invasion.
     
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    Very cool thread. Especially the armored train.
     
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    Cavalry lances.
     
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    It must be doing it's job, for as far as I know; Athens has yet to be invaded (except for maybe college football fans).
     
  16. redbob

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    Both sides used them, the Confederacy in the Trans-Texas area and the last Federal unit (Rush's Lancers) didn't give up theirs until mid 1863.
     
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    I would imagine that both the 32# naval gun and the 13" Mortar that were mounted on railroad cars would tend to take their crews for a quite a ride when they were fired.
     
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    The question I would raise is. "How many people were ever killed by a cavalry lance?" If the number is what I think it was it was not a very practical weapon, if inflicting casualties is what weapons are supposed to do.
     
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    These were perhaps a holdover of memory from the Mexican War where the Mexican Presidial Lancers did brutal work at such places as Goliad and the Alamo.
     
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    The story behind this "secret weapon" is rather hilarious (unless you were the reportedly dead cow)!
    http://www.exploresouthernhistory.com/athenscannon.html
    I'd never have known about this one if it hadn't been the subject of a Trivia Contest question.
     

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