Several good articles in the summer 2011 edition of the Artilleryman that arrived in my mailbox this week. Featured articles include:
- A Confederate 6-pdr returns home to North Carolina. The Model 1841 gun is documented having served the Charlotte Artillery and captured by the 21st Massachusetts at New Bern in March 1862. It is now on display at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh, on temporary loan.
- A look at Helena, Arkansas replica cannons at reconstructed Fort Curtis.
- A Confederate Mullane shell from the CSS Albemarle is now on display at Port O’ Plymouth Museum.
- Brooke rifle expert Gordon “Andy” Thrasher recently identified a cannon muzzle fragment as a Brooke 6.4-inch rifle from the CS Naval Ordnance Work in Selma, Alabama. The gun was likely foundry number S-102.
- Photos and background information about a 3-inch Ordnance rifle, registry number 194, verified as captured at Tom’s Brook in 1864.
- A review of the Federal field artillery carriages of the Civil War era by Don Lutz.
- A reprint of section from Rifled Field Pieces: A short Compilation of What is Known of the New Field Artillery of Europe, first published in 1862. Franck E. Taylor, 1st US Artillery, discussed the merits of rifled guns from his personal observations in the years leading up to the Civil War.
- Trip report for the Museum of Military History, Budapest, Hungary, which displays artillery from the 16th through 20th centuries.
- Report from the 24th Annual Artillery School at Old Fort Niagara, hosted by living historians from Reynold’s Battery L, 1st New York Light Artillery.
- Another cannon only identified by fragments… Jim Bender coaxed the story of a 12-pdr Mountain Howitzer from the only surviving fragment – the trunnion and rimbase. The fragment came from a howitzer from Cyrus Alger in 1863. The howitzer burst in 1883 while being fired for a July 4th celebration.
- Report about a 12-pdr Armstrong breechloading gun of 1881, now on display in Tasmania, Australia.
The book review, written by Joseph Bilby this month, covers A Strange Engine of War: The Winans Steam Gun and the Civil War in Maryland, by John W. Lamb. Developed before the Civil War, this weird, yet intriguing weapon was one of many early attempts to build a powered cannon. The gun ultimately proved impractical for the field.
Editor Kathryn Jorgensen provides two pages of news articles at the front of the issue. Highlights include a 32-pdr cannon now on display in the Museum of Mobile, which was salvaged from the CSS Alabama. The Battlefields in Motion site provides a virtual recreation of Fort Moultrie. Construction began at the site of West Point Foundry, in Cold Spring, New York, as that gun-making site is converted into an interpretive park.
If you don’t subscribe already, I recommend the Artilleryman for those interested in the “guns” of old.