Mortar at Yorktown Battlefield

Mortar at Yorktown Battlefield

Mortar at Yorktown Battlefield

Mortars differed from cannon in both appearance and firing principles. A mortar was mounted on a flat bed, resembling a large block of wood. An elevating wedge raised the barrel, enabling the mortar to fire an exploding shell, called a “bomb,” in a high trajectory. Fired properly, the bomb would fly over earthworks and explode while still airborne, raining shrapnel over the enemy

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