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 Posted: Fri Mar 17th, 2006 01:49 pm
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Rebalgray,

It is my understanding that the powder chamber was to concentrate the force of the smaller charge of powder, thus similar projectiles of the same type, using powder charges roughly comparable, the howitzer fired double the weight of metal, at lower velocity, than the gun.

I'm not for sure if the howitzer used a different carriage that allowed for firing at a higher elevation. I did find a refrence that certain howitzers had the elevating screw set further back to allow for the higher elevation.

I have read accounts of light field artillery using their guns and rifles like howitzers by digging holes in the ground for the trails and it is documented that the Federals at Fort Sumter dug pits for some of thier unmounted guns so they could serve them like howitzers.

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