During the Revolutionary Wat, Colonel William Washington had managed to push British forces to retreat. Low on soldiers and artillery himself, he was unsure how to finally corner the Loyalists and force a surrender.
While the British barricaded themselves in a barn, Washington had his troops secretly dress a log to look like a cannon.
Pointing it at the door with wry determination he shouted, “Come out, or I’ll fire!”
After a few tense moments, the bluff worked, and British commander Banastre Tarleton surrendered.
The day was won, and not a shot had to be fired. The quaker gun soon became a favorite military trick.