ojectiles were used by the United States troops, nor have I any especial desire to prosecute the investigation further than to prove the position taken in this paper.
It would be disingenuous in me if I failed to notice the fact that a charge somewhat similar to that which begins this article was made by a correspondent in the Scientific American for September 6th, 1862, volume VII, page 151, as follows:
Recently it was my privilege to examine, in the hands of a man just from Fortress Monroe, an explosive bullet, such as was used by the Rebels in the six days battle.
It is conical in shape, about one inch long, made of lead, and consists of two parts — viz: a solid head piece and a cylindrical chamber, which are united together by a screw.
From the point of the bullet projects a little rod, which passes down through a small hole in the head piece into the chamber below, where it was connected with a percussion cap. The chamber contains about a tablespoonful of powder.