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[[File:ArtillerySlingCart.png|thumb|The size of this artillery sling cart used during the [[American Civil War]] may be estimated from the height of the soldier leaning against the right wheel.]]
 
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A '''sling cart''' is used to transport very heavy objects over land. The cart has a skeletal frame with large-diameter wheels so the object being transported can be suspended above the ground by ropes or chains below the level of the [[axle]]. Typical sling carts have two wheels on a single axle with a long pole or tongue perpendicular to the axle for use as a [[lever]].<ref>{{cite book |last=de Tousard |first=Louis |authorlink = |title =American Artillerist's Companion |publisher =C. and A. Conrad & Company |volume = |edition = |date =1809 |location = |pages =450 & 451 |isbn =}}</ref> In the days of muzzle-loading [[cannon]], sling carts were used to move heavy [[artillery]] from the place of manufacture or storage to a ship or [[fortification]] where the gun would be placed on a [[gun carriage]].<ref>{{cite book |last= |first= |authorlink = |title =Instruction for Heavy Artillery |publisher =Gideon and Company |volume = |edition = |date =1851 |location = |page =225 |isbn =}}</ref> Specialized sling carts with two axles and four wheels were used to carry the heaviest guns. Smaller [[field gun]]s were often transported on their gun carriage, but portable gun carriages were unable to withstand the [[recoil]] energy of very large guns.<ref>{{cite book |last=Miller |first=Francis Trevelyan |authorlink = |title =The Photographic History of The Civil War |publisher =Castle Books |volume =Five: Forts and Artillery |edition = |date =1957 |location =New York |pages =141 & 169 |isbn =}}</ref>
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A '''sling cart''' is used to transport very heavy objects over land. The cart has a skeletal frame with large-diameter wheels so the object being transported can be suspended above the ground by ropes or chains below the level of the axle. Typical sling carts have two wheels on a single axle with a long pole or tongue perpendicular to the axle for use as a lever.<ref>{{cite book |last=de Tousard |first=Louis |title =American Artillerist's Companion |publisher =C. and A. Conrad & Company |date =1809 |pages =450 & 451 |isbn =}}</ref> In the days of muzzle-loading [[cannon]], sling carts were used to move heavy [[artillery]] from the place of manufacture or storage to a ship or [[fortification]] where the gun would be placed on a [[gun carriage]].<ref>{{cite book |title =Instruction for Heavy Artillery |publisher =Gideon and Company |date =1851 |page =225 |isbn =}}</ref> Specialized sling carts with two axles and four wheels were used to carry the heaviest guns. Smaller [[field gun]]s were often transported on their gun carriage, but portable gun carriages were unable to withstand the [[recoil]] energy of very large guns.<ref>{{cite book |last=Miller |first=Francis Trevelyan |title =The Photographic History of The Civil War |publisher =Castle Books |volume =Five: Forts and Artillery |date =1957 |location =New York |pages =141 & 169 |isbn =}}</ref>
   
 
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{{Wikipedia|Sling cart}}

Latest revision as of 03:28, 22 November 2019

The size of this artillery sling cart used during the American Civil War may be estimated from the height of the soldier leaning against the right wheel.

A sling cart is used to transport very heavy objects over land. The cart has a skeletal frame with large-diameter wheels so the object being transported can be suspended above the ground by ropes or chains below the level of the axle. Typical sling carts have two wheels on a single axle with a long pole or tongue perpendicular to the axle for use as a lever.[1] In the days of muzzle-loading cannon, sling carts were used to move heavy artillery from the place of manufacture or storage to a ship or fortification where the gun would be placed on a gun carriage.[2] Specialized sling carts with two axles and four wheels were used to carry the heaviest guns. Smaller field guns were often transported on their gun carriage, but portable gun carriages were unable to withstand the recoil energy of very large guns.[3]

Sources

  1. de Tousard, Louis (1809). American Artillerist's Companion. C. and A. Conrad & Company. pp. 450 & 451. 
  2. Instruction for Heavy Artillery. Gideon and Company. 1851. p. 225. 
  3. Miller, Francis Trevelyan (1957). The Photographic History of The Civil War. Five: Forts and Artillery. New York: Castle Books. pp. 141 & 169. 

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