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        Billinghurst-Requa Volley Gun, 1864 | A State Divided

        Many new weapons were invented during the Civil War. This is an early machine gun. The gun had 25 barrels and could fire 175 shots a minute. It was invented by a dentist named Josephus Requa. Wlliam Billinghurst, a gun maker, helped him.

        This specific gun was one of two Billinghurst-Requa guns bought by Kentucky in 1864. They were never used during the war. This gun is missing a barrel. Supposedly the missing barrel was used as a fireplace poker in the office of the head of the Kentucky army.

        This resource is part of the A State Divided: Exploring the Civil War Through Images collection.

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