Canisters were large tin cylinders with 28 balls packed in sawdust and
used against cavalry and infantry at 200-400 yards.
- Solid Shot were solid iron balls used against infantry and objects,
while the "Bolts" wre used against masonry forts.
- Grape Shot, made of 9 iron balls pinned by a bolt in 3 tiers,
exploded against infantry and cavalry at a deadly range of 300 yards.
- Shells were round or conical, and filled with gunpowder and
many .58 caliber balls. With a time fuse, they exploded into fragments.
...The 400 solid shot fired by the U.S.S. Chickasaw successfully penetrated
the armor of the C.S.S. Tennessee at Hampton Roads.
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