"The Double Pike"
By Owen G. Warren, March 16, 1865
Drawing on tissue with some color
12 1/4" x 9 1/4" National Archives and Records Administration, Records of the Office
of the Chief of Ordnance
Proposed Military Inventions: Double
Pike 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.