Rifled Field Artillery

3-inch Ordnance Rifle

Manufacturing Techniques

Introduction to the 3-inch Ordnance Rifles

Early production from Phoenix Iron Company

Middle production batches from Phoenix Iron Company

Later production batches from Phoenix Iron Company

An “interesting” 3-inch Ordnance Rifle at Fort Clinch, Florida

Replica 3-inch Ordnance Rifles at Gettysburg

Singer, Nimick & Company Ordnance rifle

Parrott Rifles

(Larger Parrotts covered under Heavy Guns heading)

The Parrott Patent (and an alternative interpretation)

Comparison of 2.9- and 3-inch Rifles

Confederate 10-pdr/2.9-inch and 3-inch Parrott Rifles from Tredegar.

Comparison of Federal and Confederate Parrotts – the bands

Possible Macon Arsenal 10-pdr Parrott

Reproduction 10-pdr Parrotts at Gettysburg

10-pdr Parrott Rifles at Antietam

3.3-inch Parrott Rifles

20-pdr or 3.67-inch Army Parrott Rifles

James Rifles

Overview of James Rifles

Type 1: “True” James Rifles, 3.80-inch or 14-pdr, bronze, cast to the Model 1841 Field Gun pattern, produced by at least four foundries.

Type 2: “True” James Rifles, 3.80-inch or 14-pdr, bronze, cast to the Model 1861 Ordnance Department form.

Type 3: “True” James Rifles, 3.80-inch or 14-pdr, iron/steel, cast generally like the Model 1861.

Type 4:  TBD.

Other similar types: Rifled 6-pdr Field Guns and similar types which, incorrectly or not, have been grouped with the James Rifles.

Rifled Napoleons


3-inch bronze rifles from Tredegar

3-inch iron rifles from Tredegar – early (muzzle swell) and late (straight muzzle)

Noble Brothers 3-inch rifle, early (muzzle swell) models and later without muzzle swell (tentative identification)

3-inch bronze rifles from Quinby & Robinson

3-inch bronze rifles from A.B. Reading & Brother

Austrian 3.75-inch Bronze Rifles (Sold to, but likely not used by, the Confederates)

4 responses to “Rifled Field Artillery

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  2. Richard S. Van Wagenen

    Hello, i have been trying to reconcile some of the apparently conflicting identifications of confederate rifled artillery used around Vicksburg . One reference has stumped me- reported at Ft. Pemberton a ‘Whitworth 3″ rifle firing an 18 pdr bolt. I have not been able to find any hard information about such a weapon. I am wondering if the respondent is merging in his mind the 2.75″ Whitworth rifle and the 18 pdr converted siege rifle. Both these pieces seem to show up everywhere during this campaign, often together. Any ideas? Thanks.

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