Maury Land Torpedo

Guttman, Jon
March 2010
Military History;Mar2010, Vol. 26 Issue 6, p21
The article offers information on the Maury land torpedo invented by Matthew Fontaine Maury and Lieutenant Isaac Newton Brown. Maury demonstrated an electrically detonated floating torpedo in June 1861 and first used the device in combat on December 12, 1862. Maury and Brown's placement of the devices in clusters above the Mississippi town of Columbus, Kentucky showed how ineffective the device was when dependent on someone to detonate it. Confederate army Brigadier General Gabriel James Rains perfected a sub-terra shell to address the inefficiency.


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