before going into service the men were provided with regulation United States
The guns were fine United States
bronze ordnance guns from the Watervliet Arsenal, N. Y., rifled at Alger
's Foundry in South Boston
and throwing a shell made by Schenkel, a very ingenious German
One kind of shell was in the shape of a sugar loaf with hollowed bore filled with papier-mache and weighing ten and one-half pounds, a pound of powder being used to fire it. When discharged, the papier-mache would swell out, fill the grooves and give the shell a twist.
The noise the projectile made on leaving the gun was very similar to that of a locomotive going through a tunnel.
When the shell exploded, it flew all to bits — not two or three fragments but forty or fifty pieces.
Another shell prepared by Schenkel was exceedingly deadly.
It was filled with bullets and between the bullets sulphur was poured in to keep them in place.
The horses were strong Vermont
horses worth $150.00 to $200.00 each.
, February 22, 1903.
So the journey began, by rail to Stonington
, then by boat to New York, then to Jersey City
and over the old Camden
and Amboy road to Philadelphia
, arriving there Monday morning, August 11, 1861.
A quotation from the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin
Captain Nims' celebrated Light Artillery consisting of six pieces of rifled cannon, with caissons, ordnance wagons, one ambulance, together with 140 horses arrived at Washington Avenue, at five o'clock. The company consists of 150 men who are strong, hearty fellows just fitted for artillery service.
During the delay before starting for Baltimore, the men sang several pieces, among them America and Glory Hallelujah.
The Union Volunteer Refreshment Committee provided them with breakfast and the men were loud in their praise of Philadelphia beneficence.