"The Gatling Gun"

 

David Normal says:

Dr. Richard J. Gatling invented the original machine gun, the eponymous, "Gatling Gun". Later he claimed, "If I could invent a machine--a gun-- which could by its rapidity of fire, enable one man to do as much battle duty as a hundred, that it would, to a great extent, supersede the necessity of large armies, and consequently, exposure to battle and disease be greatly diminished."

 

Image taken from page 439 of 'Gately's World's Progress. A general history of the earth's construction and of the advancement of mankind ... Edited by C. E. Beale. Édition de luxe' Collection of the British Library.

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