What to do with that cannon on the courthouse lawn?

I see stories similar to this one in my RSS feed frequently enough to see a pattern.  First, the “easy” part of the story.  And while the cannon is not “on the courthouse lawn” it is close enough to help make the point. From the Bangor (Maine) Daily News: Rockland looks to display Civil WarContinue reading “What to do with that cannon on the courthouse lawn?”

A shortage of guns, but no orders for Noble Brothers

As mentioned in earlier posts, in the winter of 1862-63 the Confederate Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida was desperate for guns capable of engaging the Federal ironclads.  General P.G.T. Beauregard’s command protected several ports of entry for blockade runners, representing the link to Europe.  But competition between projects (ironclad production, for instance) forContinue reading “A shortage of guns, but no orders for Noble Brothers”

An Oddity for Leesburg: Tredegar Rifle Siege Howitzer

When the Civil War broke out, rifled artillery was all the rage.  Officials took old guns in hand for conversion, usually amounting to cutting rifling grooves and adding a reinforce band.  At the same time the foundries took existing patterns and bored new guns out as rifles.  Some of these turned out well.  Others notContinue reading “An Oddity for Leesburg: Tredegar Rifle Siege Howitzer”