Double Barrel Cannon collection

Double Barrel Cannon collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Title: Double Barrel Cannon collection
Dates: 1863-1962, undated
Quantity: 0.1 Linear feet (4 items in portfolio)
Abstract:The collection consists of letters from various persons bearing information regarding the Double Barrel Cannon, creation of John Gilleland during the Civil War. One of the items is an irate letter from Marion Montgomery to the associate editor of the National Guardsman stating that they have falsified information by lengthening his article on the Double Barrel Cannon. The article itself is also included. The dates covered are 1863, 1956 March 26, 1962 March 12, October 29, and undated.
Coll. Number: ms2187

Biographical/Historical Note

Athens's unique double-barreled cannon was designed by John Gilleland and built at the local foundry in 1863. The cannon was to be loaded with two balls connected by a chain several feet in length; when fired the balls were to cut a swath through Union soldiers. The cannon proved uncontrollable when test-fired, however, and was never used in combat. New Georgia Encyclopedia - Athens (Retrieved February 23, 2009)

Poet, novelist, intellectual, and literary critic, Marion Hoyt Montgomery taught composition, literature, and creative writing at the University of Georgia for thirty-three years. He also wrote hundreds of poems, twenty-seven short stories, three novels, and one novella. Montgomery has published seventeen books of literary and cultural criticism. He received numerous awards for his fiction and verse in the 1960s and early 1970s. In 2001 he received the Stanley W. Lindberg Award (named for longtime Georgia Review editor Stanley Lindberg) for outstanding contributions to Georgia's literary heritage. New Georgia Encyclopedia - Marion Montgomery (b. 1925) (Retrieved May 11, 2009)


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Articles (information artifacts).
Confederate States of America. Army. -- Ordnance and ordnance stores
Confederate States of America. Army. Artillery. -- History
Montgomery, Marion -- Correspondence
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Artillery--History.
United States. Army. -- Artillery--History--19th century
United States. Army. -- Ordnance and ordnance stores--History

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Double Barrel Cannon collection, MS 2187. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

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