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 Josephus Requa

Josephus Requa

Rochester, Ulster County, New York, USA
Death 21 Nov 1910 (aged 77)
Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
Burial Rochester, Monroe County, New York, USA
Plot Section C, Lot 128
Memorial ID 6900 · View Source
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Inventor. He was a dentist from Rochester, New York, whom was one of the first to tinker with a design of a multibarrel breechloading gun after the Civil War began. He had the Billinghurst gun works make the prototype of a gun featuring 25 horizontal barrels mounted on a light artillery carriage. The barrels were loaded at the breech with a "piano hinge" magazine holding a row of 25 .52-caliber brass cartridges. In 1861, a crew demonstrated what was known as the "Requa Rifle Battery" which fired the weapon at the rate of seven volleys, or 175 shots, per minute. In one Army test the gun's rate of fire reached 225 shots in one minute and 15 seconds. In the summer of 1862, the "Requa Rifle Battery" was sent to the field with the 18th Independent Battery, New York Light Artillery, in the Department of the Gulf and was only used sparingly at best. However, his weapon moved forward the advancement of more future verisions of the modern machince gun.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith

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