US Battleship USS Maine - Photograph of Gatling Gun and Crew
(Photograph by E. H. Hart)

"The gun consists of ten barrels grouped around a central shaft. The barrels are revolved and cartridges loaded, fired and extracted by turning a crank which actuates the mechanism. The regular service small arm cartridge is used for ammunition. The number of cartridges that can be fired is about 1,000 a minute. Like the monitor, the Gatling gun was first used in the civil war. It is practically the pioneer of machine guns that are thought so much of at the present day." - Johnston

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