Saturday, October 1, 2011

Williams Guns in Schoolfield's Battery

There were six Williams guns in Schoolfield's Battery, commanded by Captain J.J. Schoolfield, the only battery to consist solely of the unique cannons.

The 25 men were attached to the 4th Kentucky Cavalry and could fire up to 40 rounds a minute, but at that rate were somewhat erratic.

They usually fired one pound solid balls, but on occasion loaded the barrels with buckshot and half ounce ball cartridges.

The guns performed well according to my source and often confused Federal forces as to just what sort of artillery they were up against.

An Interesting Weapon. --Old B-Runner

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