Statistics for occurrence #1 of “General Ripley” in chapter 15, section c.27.103, page 94 of Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 12.:

...y steps of about three and a-half inches. The object of the seven-inch chamber in the brass plug was to afford an air or gas space which would diminish the strain on the gun. Such was the theory. General Ripley , however, cut down the big cartridge bags of ten or eleven inch in diameter, so as to introduce the charge into the brass chamber. This not being over three inches thick, cracked, and the crack, I ...
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