A Strange Engine of War: The "Winans" Steam Gun and the Civil War in Maryland
by Lamb, John W.
ix, 86 pp. "In the Spring of 1861, with secession in full flower and Baltimore occupied by General Benjamin "Beast" Butler's nervous Union troops, reports emerged that Southern sympathizers there possessed a terrible weapon of mass destruction, one capable of firing 300 rounds per minute and utterly destroying anything in its path. But not everyone was impressed. "A very amiable machine, indeed, for killing friend and foe," said the Scientific American. "We suppose that the inventor intended to use it for the purpose of committing suicide." What was this awful "engine of war," and did it ever work? John Lamb presents for the first time in print the full story of the "Winans Steam Gun" and its antecedents, from inception in the fertile - sometimes fantastical - minds of nineteenth century mechanical engineers, through personal jealousies, patent disputes, and test firings. Here too, is the story of Ross Winans, the colorful, pro-Southern Baltimore industrialist to whom the gun was mistakenly attributed, and who as seized and briefly imprisoned after its capture." Black and white photographs included.
Keywords: CIVIL WAR MILITARY AMERICAN HISTORY ROSS WINANS WINANS STEAM GUN
Chesapeake Book Company, Baltimore, Maryland, 2011. 1st Printing. Very Good/Not Applicable. (Inventory #: 2184294)
Literature, American & Military History, General Antiquarian
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