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Emilio, Luis F., History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry , 1863-1865 4 0 Browse Search
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pistol. (Hedrick, 1870.) See also fire-arms, where Puckle's Revolving Battery Gun, English Patent, 1718, is described and figured. 3. A number of parallel barrels arranged in rank, and having connected vents for intercommunication of fire. (Townsend, 1871.) The infernal machine of Fieschi, which he fired on Louis Philippe, was a row of barrels clinched to a frame, and had a train of powder which was laid over all the vents in succession, like the row of barrels in a proving-house. The Requa battery consists of 25 rifles, each 24 inches long, mounted in a horizontal plane upon a field-carriage. It is breech-loading, the cartridges being forced into the chambers by a sliding bar worked by two levers. By a lever beneath the frame the barrels may be diverged, so as to scatter the balls 120 yards in a distance of 1,000 yards. The weight of the battery-gun used at Charleston, S. C., was 1,382 pounds. Served by three men, it fired 7 volleys, or 175 shots, per minute. Its effecti
as no firing of consequence that night. In the morning the Fifty-fourth was moved forward into the trenches. Capt. D. A. Partridge, left sick in Massachusetts, joined July 21, and, as senior officer, assumed command. Preparations were made for a bombardment of Sumter as well as for the siege of Wagner. Work began on the artillery line of July 18, that night, for the first parallel, 1,350 yards from Wagner. When completed, it mounted eight siege and field guns, ten mortars, and three Requa rifle batteries. July 23, the second parallel was established some four hundred yards in front of the first. Vincent's Creek on its left was obstructed with floating booms. On its right was the Surf Battery, armed with field-pieces. This parallel was made strong for defence for the purpose of constructing in its rear the Left Batteries against Sumter. It mounted twenty-one light pieces for defence and three thirty-pounder Parrotts and one Wiard rifle. The two parallels were connected by
ven each officer. The regulations, so far as they related to the prisoners, were read to them. Our six companies of the Fifty-fourth were formed into three reliefs; namely, A and H, D and G, and E and K, each relief furnishing one hundred men, with proper officers, for duty at the stockade from 6 P. M. until the same hour the following day. When relieved, the detachment went into Wagner for the succeeding night, returning to camp the next morning. At the gate of the stockade was posted a Requa rifled battery in charge of the reserve, and a section of Battery B, Third Rhode Island Heavy Artillery, reported there each day. Three times a day the roll was called by the wardens, and every man accounted for to the officer of the day. Policing of the-streets was done by the prisoners. Sick call was attended to by a surgeon, who removed the severe cases to hospitals outside. Barrel-sinks were provided and cared for by the prisoners. At night the camp and vicinity were made bright as