from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The chief of a gun's crew, generally a petty officer.
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His grief for his useless lump of iron was quickly cut short as a Congreve rushed past overhead, and another absolutely struck one of the cannon, spraying fire and shrapnel everywhere and mor tally wounding the Ab gun-captain.
Now he was a gun-captain standing handy to his little pet and trying not to look too proud when he peeked up toward where I was.
And while I sat there, not feelin 'just like a high-score gun-captain after target-practice, I hears a light step behind me, and pretty soon I could feel an eye looking me over, and by'n'by a voice said: "A ver-ry fine good morning, sir."
When, on the 22d day of April, 1898, Michael Mallia, gun-captain of the United States cruiser Nashville, sent a shell across the bows of the Spanish ship Buena Ventura, he gave the signal shot that ushered in a war for liberty for the slaves of Spain.
He staggered back, and brought up against a gun-captain, his shoulders to the breech of the gun.
Each gun-captain fought his own gun, regardless of the rest.
Mr. Clarkson had incidentally informed his gun-captain, who told the gun-crew; and from them the news went down the hoist and spread.