Madras artillery records, Volume 1

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Page 1 - engines invented by cunning men, to be upon the " towers and upon the bulwarks to shoot arrows and great " stones withal." It is therefore probable that the ram was at least known in those days, although
Page 191 - find the magnitude of any body from its weight, by the common rule of three. As the tabular specific gravity of the body, Is to its weight in avoirdupois ounces ; So is one cubic foot or 1728 cubic inches, To its
Page 184 - a wedge-like form, the base being either an equilateral triangle, a square, or a rectangle. In the triangle and square, the pile finishes in a single ball : but in the rectangle, it finishes in a single row of balls like an edge. In triangular and square
Page 5 - to have been first employed at the siege of Byzantium. These machines were often extremely ponderous. Appian declares that at the siege of Carthage, he saw two rams so colossal that one hundred men were employed in working each. And Vitruvius affirms that the beam was often from
Page 145 - Troops were capable, and to continue his movements " so long as was necessary." " Rapid movements with guns and carriages cannot be " made without good cattle, well driven, and well taken care " of; and without adverting to what passed subsequently, " it is more than probable, that if I had had the service of " such cattle only, as served Lord Cornwallis
Page 90 - An exposed wall may be breached with certainty at distances from 500 to 700 yards, even when elevated 100 feet above the breaching battery, and it is believed that in a case of extreme necessity, it would be justifiable, to attempt to batter down an exposed wall, from any distance not exceeding
Page 144 - the Toombuddra for orders be included, we arrived at " Poonah, in two months from the time we marched." " On this march we lost no draught cattle. I remained in " the neighbourhood of Poona-h, in a country, which
Page 184 - of balls in one side of the bottom row. And in rectangular piles, the number of rows is equal to the number of balls in the breadth of the bottom row ; also the number
Page 144 - numbers, as when it left Seringapatam, and the troops and " cattle were in the Field during the monsoon." " It is needless to advert to the distance marched during " the War, or to recapitulate the events, all of which must
Page 90 - yards, but then the quantity of Artillery must be considerable, and it will require from four to seven days firing, according to the number of guns in battery, and the period of day-light to render a breach practicable. In forming a breach

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