Some “olde English iron”: British smoothbores rifled for Confederate service

The other day I mentioned this rifled gun currently resting outside the Old Powder Magazine in Charleston, South Carolina: There is little doubt as to the weapon’s vintage. The royal monogram on the top is that of either King George II or King George III .  In other words, likely a weapon that pre-dated theContinue reading “Some “olde English iron”: British smoothbores rifled for Confederate service”

Confederate Siege Guns or Just Crude Replicas?

Fort Donelson’s sesquicentennial is just around the corner… or is it bend? Thinking ahead to the “guns” on display at the fort, let me offer up this curious piece for review. This iron cannon stands along the inner defensive line of Fort Donelson (in other words the land-facing side behind the river side batteries). I’veContinue reading “Confederate Siege Guns or Just Crude Replicas?”

Sixty cents a pound: Tredegar 12-pdr Field Howitzers

Tredegar Foundry produced around forty-five bronze 12-pdr field howitzers, along with thirty cast iron 12-pdrs, during the Civil War.  A surviving invoice from Tredegar indicates the Washington Artillery received two howitzers in June 1861.  The firm cast the last bronze howitzer in November 1862, then switched to 12-pdr Napoleon guns. One of these Tredegar bronzeContinue reading “Sixty cents a pound: Tredegar 12-pdr Field Howitzers”