Case-shot, shell, and canister at Kelly’s Ford: Ammunition analysis

Yesterday’s post about the employment of Pratt’s 4.5-inch Rifles at Kelly’s Ford ran a little long.  And there’s one more interesting angle to look at, given the records from the engagement. The participants provided a remarkably well detailed list of ammunition expended in the engagement.  While not a major battle, the action at Kelly’s FordContinue reading “Case-shot, shell, and canister at Kelly’s Ford: Ammunition analysis”

“There is much complaint of the inefficiency… of the canister”: Hunt on 12-pdr canister

Canister receives an undue level of importance if you ask me. We often hear canister described as “a big shotgun blast” that dominated the battlefield.  And the greatest combination, as often cited by those offering this view of battlefields swept clean by canister, was when the projectile belched forth from the 12-pdr Napoleon.  Oh, theContinue reading ““There is much complaint of the inefficiency… of the canister”: Hunt on 12-pdr canister”

Case Shot – cannons in the news

A trio of stories from recent weeks featuring Civil War cannons. A Civil War field piece in Walnut Grove, Missouri has a new carriage and new display.  Locals donated money to restore the gun and relocate it in front of the high school. The gun itself is a 12-pdr Confederate Napoleon from Augusta.  The articleContinue reading “Case Shot – cannons in the news”