Dahlgren on shrapnel (case shot): “… even a tolerable approximation … not likely to be undervalued…”

As I’ve opened the ball here, I feel bound to continue the discussion about the practice of case shot… and in particular how this was related to those training to man the guns.  Let me say again for emphasis – the conundrum here is that very little is offered in the manuals (US manuals, butContinue reading “Dahlgren on shrapnel (case shot): “… even a tolerable approximation … not likely to be undervalued…””

Another Dahlgren recovered from CSS Georgia … and a rifled one at that!

The days since the Sesquicentennial ended have been very interesting for those of us with an interest in heavy Civil War ordnance.  Three cannon came out of the PeeDee River in South Carolina, once armament of the CSS Pee Dee.  Two rare Brooke rifles and a Dahlgren shell gun.  And there is the ongoing recoveryContinue reading “Another Dahlgren recovered from CSS Georgia … and a rifled one at that!”

CSS Pee Dee update: Two Brooke Rifles and a Dahlgren pulled out of the PeeDee River

News broke yesterday of the successful recovery of three Civil War cannon from the PeeDee River, all from the gunboat CSS Pee Dee.  In case you missed it, here’s a few of the reports: South Strand News The State (Columbia SC) South Carolina Now The Florence County museum offered a post and album of photosContinue reading “CSS Pee Dee update: Two Brooke Rifles and a Dahlgren pulled out of the PeeDee River”