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Artillery was widely used in battles during the Civil War. Artillery guns ranged from 6-pounders to 20-pounders. However, the most popular was the 12-pound Napoleon smooth-bore cannon because of its killing power and reliability

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Atlanta, Georgia Federal soldiers by gun in captured fort

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Atlanta, Georgia General William T. Sherman on horseback at Federal Fort No. 7.

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General William T. Sherman, leaning on breach of gun, and staff at Federal Fort No. 7. The picture shows War in the West. These photographs are of Sherman in Atlanta, September-November, 1864. After three and a half months of incessant maneuvering and much hard fighting, Sherman forced Hood to abandon the munitions center of the Confederacy. Sherman remained there, resting his war-worn men and accumulating supplies, for nearly two and a half months.

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Schwerer Gustav was one of two German 80 cm K (E) ultra-heavy railway guns. It was developed in the late 1930s by Krupp as siege artillery. The gun weighed nearly 1,350 tonnes and could fire shells weighing seven tonnes to a range of 29 miles. It was the largest-calibre rifled weapon ever used in combat and fired the heaviest shells of any artillery piece.

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After the Battle of Gettysburg, the discarded rifles were collected and sent to Washington to be inspected and reissued. Of the 37,574 rifles recovered, approximately 24,000 were still loaded; 6,000 had one round in the barrel; 12,000 had two rounds in the barrel; 6,000 had three to ten rounds in the barrel. One rifle, the most remarkable of all, had been stuffed to the top with twenty-three rounds in the barrel.

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Atlanta, Georgia. Sherman's men in Confederate fort east of Atlanta

Atlanta, Georgia. Confederate fort in front of Atlanta.

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Covered Wagons crossing Chickahominy River, Virginia; Grapevine bridge [built May 27-28, 1862, by the 5th New Hampshire Infantry under Colonel Edward E. Cross]. It was photographed in 1862 by David B. Woodbury d. 1866. Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, the Peninsular Campaign, May-August 1862.

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