A Beautiful Glittering Lie
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What does 'Quaker gun' mean?

Find out what Quaker gun means. Quaker gun is explained by J D R Hawkins - author of A Beautiful Glittering Lie

Quaker gun

Large log that was painted to resemble cannon, and was used to fool the enemy into thinking a position was stronger than it actually was.

In my novel, A Beautiful Glittering Lie, the term "Quaker gun" is used in the following way:

(Page 141)
General Johnston relocated the 4th Alabama to join with the main army south of the Rappahannock, and moved it in the direction of Richmond. In early March, he learned that McClellan was encroaching, so he hastily transferred his troops from Centreville, leaving behind half-cooked food and property belonging to the Confederate army. He moved his men south of the Rappahannock, but not before leaving “Quaker” guns behind in empty earthworks to deter his rival. The guns were actually logs that had been cut and painted to resemble cannon snouts.

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Chapter 6: Chapter Six
"...Rappahannock and moved it in the direction of Richmond. In early March, he learned that McClellan was encroaching, so he hastily transferred his troops from Centreville, leaving behind half-cooked food and property belonging to the Confederate army. He moved his men south of the Rappahannock, but not before leaving Quaker guns behind in empty earthworks to deter his rival. The “guns” were actually logs that had been cut and painted to resemble cannon snouts. ..."

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