from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In artillery, the box for ammunition placed on the limber of a field-piece. Sometimes called limber-box.
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I replied, "It is in the limber-chest where it belongs."
A ball struck a limber-chest; a man lying on his face in the road, during a momentary pause of one of the companies, was perforated from head to foot: he never moved -- just continued to lie there; the flies began to buzz around the spot and settle on the clotted blood, that poured out from the fractured skull, in the dust of the road.
He observed next that the drivers of the limber-chest had dismounted and left their horses, and the horses being without a driver, backed the wheels of the limber over the ammunition.