Photo Analysis: Morris Island Ordnance Depot (Part I)

During operations on Morris Island, the Federals maintained a busy ordnance depot on the south end near Lighthouse Inlet.  If there was ever a place and time for an artillery-focused blogger to use a time machine….  Just imagine the “stuff” laying out on the beach – cannons, burst cannons, carriages, implements, projectiles, …. Short ofContinue reading “Photo Analysis: Morris Island Ordnance Depot (Part I)”

“The enemy opened fire upon the city”: Bombardment of Charleston resumes

The journal entry at the Headquarters, Department of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida for November 17, 1863 noted a grim change in the focus of Federal efforts outside Charleston: At 11 a.m. the enemy from Battery Gregg opened fire upon the city, and continued for two hours, during which time 20 shells fell inside orContinue reading ““The enemy opened fire upon the city”: Bombardment of Charleston resumes”

How to Raise a 25-Ton Cannon: Elevation System for Rodman Guns

Yesterday I covered the mechanical operation of the elevating system on pre-Civil War columbiad gun carriages.  This type of elevating gear worked for columbiads, seacoast howitzers, and even a few Navy shell guns that entered service from the 1840s to the close of the 1850s.  Almost all Confederate columbiads used the system.  Even the firstContinue reading “How to Raise a 25-Ton Cannon: Elevation System for Rodman Guns”