This civil war canon is about 450 yards from the bank in the distance where there are two targets, each about 18 inches square. Before the day is done both targets will be hit, along with several 5 gallon water-filled buckets.
What's the recepie for blasting off a civil war canon?
Oh, about a pound of black powder per charge.
One of the lads displays the projectile that will be used in the canon. Also displayed are the colors of the reenactment regiment.
About a 10 lb hunk of milled zink, with a copper flange to catch the rifling in the canon, get the thing spinning and on a straight path to the target.
Note the blaze of fire coming out of the canon barrel - truly a lucky shot! Unfortunately, there's more than just action contributing to the blur. It's camera shake. Try as I did to stay calm at the moment of percussion I still couldn't help flinching!
Yours truly gets to pull the trigger on this one!
Well, they found the target on the left!
And, they found the target on the right - as well as one of it's support legs! Oh, and the buckets in the background have been laid to waste as well!
Ever seen canon fire close up? This will give you a new appreciation for the power of a civil war canon - watch how far back this heavy canon recoils on firing.