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"The Double Pike" By Owen G. Warren, March 16, 1865


"The Double Pike" By Owen G. Warren, March 16, 1865

"The Double Pike" By Owen G. Warren, March 16, 1865, Drawing on tissue with some color; Records of the Office of the Chief of Ordnance; Record Group 156; National Archives.

Dated March 16, 1865, Owen G. Warren of New York City sent this sketch for an attack-defense weapon to the U.S. Army’s Office of Ordnance. Warren’s invention was a shovel with a detachable scoop. The handle could convert into a double pointed pike to be used for attack. The scoop part of the shovel could be attached to a soldier’s vest as a protective breast plate. Warren wrote, "In strong hands it more than matches the bayonet." His idea was not implemented.
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