Athens Double-Barrelled 12pounder Cannon 1882
Athens Double-Barrelled 12pounder Cannon 1882
Athens Double-Barrelled 12pounder Cannon 1882
Athens Double-Barrelled 12pounder Cannon 1882
I found information on this cannon and it was built on a French Napoleonic cannon chassis. This made it easy to draw because of existing drawing I already had on my 3D plans.
This cannon the only one known of it's kind, was designed by Mr.John Gillieland a private in the "Mitchell Thunderbolts" an elite home guard unit of business and professional men because of age or disability for service in the Confederate Army. Cast in the Athens foundry it was intended to fire simultaneouly two balls connected by chain which would "mow down the enemy somewhat as a scythe cuts wheat". It failed for lack of a means of firing both barrels at the exact same time. It was tested in the field on the Newton's Bridge road against a target of upright poles. With both balls rammed home and the chain hanging from the twin muzzles the peice was fired but the lack of uneven explosion caused the chain to snap and the balls had an erratic unpredictable trajectory.
Lacking a workable firing device the cannon was a failure. It was presented to the City of Athens, Georgia, where it was never fired again and now stands outside Clarkes County, City Hall to this day.