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 Posted: Sat Jul 27th, 2013 08:56 pm
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Ok, continuing from the same volume, this time page 219. This is a part the reports of the Federal artillery chief Brigadier General John Turner concerning the actions around Charleston dated September 8, 1863. At the time Turner was still a Colonel.:



This battery opened on the night of the 22d of August on Charleston, and fired some 15 rounds. Unfortunately, on the second occasion of firing the gun burst, the breach breaking just in rear of the vent, and was blown clear of the re-enforce. Some 35 shells were fired in all from it. Both incendiary shells and shells filled with Greek fire were used. he latter worked very poorly, nearly every one prematurely exploding, and it is not determined whether ay shells containing Greek fire ever reached Charleston.

Now if I'm reading the preceeding paragraphs correctly, this batter was a battery for an 8" Parrott operated by a detachment of the 11th Maine Volunteer Infantry amd located 7,900 yards from Saint Michael's Church. Two paragraphs before this one they discuss the difficulty of establishing a battery in a swamp making me wonder if this wasn't the infamous Swamp Angel. The date, size of the Parrott gun, and the unit fit for the Swamp Angel.

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