On a local trip, Editor-in-Chief Bill Sweetman stumbled across this relic: one of 25 surviving 15-in. Rodman guns from the Civil War, still on its mounting at Fort Foote, Md., waiting for the goldern rebs to try something. The milk-bottle shape and a new casting method overcame a minor flaw with previous super-heavy guns, to wit, a tendency to explode when fired.

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