The Gallagher steam trebouchet

by Tom Gaylord
Writing as B.B. Pelletier

A history of airguns

This report covers:

  • An airgun from the American Civil War
  • Modernizing the trebouchet
  • Using horsepower for weight
  • Lighter, faster and more powerful
  • President Lincoln
  • Success in the field
  • Steam trebouchet lives on
  • Steam, not air
  • Final thought

An airgun from the American Civil War

Today we will learn about an airgun that no longer exists, yet was, for a brief moment in history, considered to be an ultra modern and deadly weapon of war. During the American Civil War both sides pressed for the latest technology, in the hopes of overcoming their enemy and bringing a swift end to the war. The South sought ways to make large quantities of arms cheaper yet just as good as those made by Colt and the Springfield Armory, while the North looked for technology to overcome their early shortfall in trained foot soldiers who could shoot. Both sides were keen to try anything new if they thought it stood a chance of succeeding. read more