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Curious cannon.

--Among the trophies captured from the Yankees in the recent battles before Richmond was a cannon, with a hopper like a coffee mill, intended to feed the instrument, which, with the vigorous turning of a crank on the part of a stalwart Hessian, was capable of loading and discharging itself sixty times per minute. Our boys call this novel engine of war the coffee mill gun. The Yankees intended it to run up and down in front of any of their regiments on exposed points, and discharge its leaden hail into the face of the rebels, but the wheels of the carriage on which the gun rested had not gyrated very long before the engineer, crank turner, driver, crew, and regimental accompaniment found it expedient to double quick and leave the machine in the possession of men that we are certain will know at least as well how to use it, and who will not give it up easily — certainly not as long as it is capable of throwing sixty balls per minute against anybody who may be disposed to dispute its possession.

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