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    The Mysterious Muzzle-Face Hooks


Until we visited Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia, we always suspected that these hooks were used somehow to assist with loading the shells or bolts, but we did not know exactly how. In the Casemate Museum we discovered an enlarged photo of the Armstrong Gun in place inside Fort Fisher immediately after the second battle in January of 1865. At the rear of the gun`s chassis lies an odd looking device. It is a shell cradle and it`s hooks are designed to mate with those of the muzzle-face, allowing two artillerymen to raise or lower the front end of the cradle to align the shell with the bore axis so it could be rammed home.

 


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