Light gun for inshore duties – 12-pdr, or 3.4-inch, Dahlgren Rifled Boat Howitzer

On September 15, 1864, Brigadier-General Rufus Saxton made a request for naval support to help picket the backwaters behind Morris and Folly Islands: I have the honor very respectfully to request that, if consistent with the interest of the service, a navy launch, manned and armed with a rifled 12-pounder howitzer, may be placed onContinue reading “Light gun for inshore duties – 12-pdr, or 3.4-inch, Dahlgren Rifled Boat Howitzer”

“The light-infantry drill will be best adapted to this service”: Dahlgren’s instructions for landing parties

Earlier this week, I mentioned the work of Navy landing parties in raids along the Georgia coast 150 years ago.  In the same time line, 150 years ago, Rear-Admiral John Dahlgren saw the need to formalize the equipment, organization, and drill of the sailors involved with these landing parties.  On August 8, 1864 he sentContinue reading ““The light-infantry drill will be best adapted to this service”: Dahlgren’s instructions for landing parties”

Dahlgren Boat Howitzers: Service Charges

Let me start by sending thanks to John Morris, fellow member of the Company of Military Historians, for clarifying a point about the Dahlgren Boat Howitzers.   In the comments on Monday’s piece on the small howitzer, John pointed out that even though the pieces had the same sized chamber, the howitzers had different service charges.Continue reading “Dahlgren Boat Howitzers: Service Charges”