from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A chest or box in which the fixed ammunition for field-cannon is packed. One ammunition-chest is carried on the limber of the gun-carriage, and three are carried on the caisson, one on the limber and two on the body.
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Lieutenant Dabchick came with us in command, as soon as she was fully manned and armed, an ammunition-chest being lowered down with a supply of ` pills and pepper 'for the little nine-pounder boat-gun we carried in our bows; when, we sheered away from the ship's side and lay on our oars, and the second cutter hauled up alongside to receive her crew and equipment like ourselves.
Sound, the wadding from the guns having communicated with some powder in the ammunition-chest on the poop.
When I came to him, "Ralph," said he, "go and look into the ammunition-chest.