Coehorn Mortar

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  1. W.G.Ewald

    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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    COEHORN MORTAR
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    I saw one of these fired during a re-enactment of the Battle of Gettysburg.

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    How old are these mortars? I vaguely remember reading that the Dutch used them in the early 18th century.
     
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    You are right, and your recollection is not vague at all.
    Coehorn - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Also see:

    Bomb vessel - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    The "bombs bursting in air" of our national anthem.
     
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    But this mortar does not burn face. The thick walls of the trunk, testify about the poor quality of the metal, at the time.
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    ^^
    That mortar was called "The Dictator."

    I would guess that the smooth-bore barrel was iron.

    Field artillery in the American Civil War - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     

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