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      Besides the horses, guns, and 1862 harness, our unit support equipment includes two 1841 limbers and one caisson.

        Equipment descriptions are courtesy of The Civil War Artillery Page - The Equipment.


Limber. The limber for field service is basically a two-wheeled cart, simply an axle, with its wheels, surmounted by a framework for holding an ammunition chest and receiving the tongue. At the back of the axle is the pintle hook, on which the lunette on the trail of the gun carriage can be keyed into place. The result is a four-wheeled cart that pivots on the pintle hook. In theory, the limber chest can be used as a seat for three cannoneers, but after the first few months of the War, it was customary to spare the horses, and cannoneers would ride only when necessary.


Limber and 6-Pounder Gun

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Caisson. The caisson is intended to transport ammunition, and carries two chests like that on the limber. It has a stock like that on the gun carriage, terminating in a lunette, so that it can be hooked to a limber for transportation. A caisson with its limber thus held three ammunition chests, which with the chest on the limber hauling the gun carriage would make four in all.

caisson and limber  (31KB)
A caisson hooked to its limber - note the extra wheel in the rear.

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         In addition to the limbers and caisson, each battery normally had one wagon and one forge, and they were expected to accompany the battery wherever it went. Although our unit does not maintain these, it is important to know.

        Equipment descriptions are courtesy of The Civil War Artillery Page - The Equipment.

Battery Wagon. The battery wagon, also drawn by a limber, is a long bodied cart with a rounded top, which contains the saddlers' and carriage makers' tools, spare parts, extra harness, and rough materials for fabricating parts. Note: a wagon's limber does not contain rounds in it's ammunition chest, but rather additional maintenance equipment.

Battery Wagon (39KB)  Battery Wagon (56KB)
Photos - courtesy of Paulson Bros. Ordnance Corp.

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Battery Forge. The forge, also drawn by a limber, is a portable blacksmith shop. It contains the necessary tools to maintain the Battery's equipment and horses. Note: a forge's limber does not contain rounds in it's ammunition chest, but rather additional equipment.

Battery Forge - (52KB)
Photo - courtesy of Paulson Bros.


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