Sawyer gun

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“Practicing with the celebrated Sawyer gun on the Confederate batteries at Swell’s Point, near Norfolk, Va., from Fort Calhoun, on the Ripraps, infront of Fortress Monroe. The Ripraps, on w hich Fort Calhoun was erected, was in advance of Fortress Monroe, being between it and Sewell’s Point, and was an important position, as with guns of a proper calibre it could completely command and destroy the enemy’s battery at Sewell’s Point. General Butler gave special attention to this point, and various kinds of ordinances were experimented with, the Sawyer rifled cannon and the Hotchkiss shell having been proved the most complete and effective.” —Leslie, 1896


Frank Leslie Famous Leaders and Battle Scenes of the Civil War (New York, NY: Mrs. Frank Leslie, 1896)


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