Name given to logs painted to appear from a distance to be cannons. A tactic employed by the Confederacy during the early part of the American Civil War to discourage attacks on positions that were not heavily manned by convincing the opposition that the forces there were far greater than they actually were. This tactic was employed most famously at Yorktown, Virginia during the Pennisular Campaign of 1862. Union commander George B. McClellan entrenched his troops outside of Yorktown rather than attack a thin line of Confederate defense, in part because the Quaker guns convinced his scouts the Confederate forces there were strong enough to resist an immediate attack. By the time McClellan actually attacked, the Confederate troops there had fallen back to Richmond.

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