The Land Moniter (1862)

September 1862 found the Daily Times of Leavenworth, Kansas, reporting on the construction, in St. Louis, of a massive Land Monitor – weighing 25,000 pounds. Deployed by a gunner, a horseman and two horses, it would fire 50 shots with “rifle accuracy every five seconds, 600 in a minute or longer intervals. It could sweep a line from to feet to 500 yards, until 5,000 shot had been fired. Reloading for another 5,000 shots would take 5 minutes. It could be brought to bear on any point in less than half a minute,” the article said.

Pity the poor horses who might have drawn the short straw of moving such a massive device into battle!


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