Discover the Science and History Behind Civil War Cannon Fire

How does black powder work? Why does the order of loading and firing a cannon matter?  What impact did artillery have on the Civil War?  These and other questions will be answered by a team of historians in period uniforms during a webcast on the science and history of Civil War cannon from Bentonville Battlefield March 11. Some of the topics covered by the webcast will include:

  • The different types of artillery and projectiles
  • The process of teamwork it took to load and fire a cannon
  • The science and math that made Civil War-era artillery work, including the geometry involved in aiming a cannon and the chemical composition of black powder
  • Cannon firing demonstrations

Participants will also have the chance to ask questions during the program. The webcast will be held March 11 from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., and though it is geared primarily at school and library groups, anyone can participate!

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