Improved guns for the forts: Confederate 4.62-inch Banded Rifles

A few months back, I discussed the 4.62-inch “Gorgas” Rifled Siege Guns produced in 1862 by Tredegar and Bellona Foundries.  The next chapter in that story was the improvement to correct deficiencies of the design.  As mentioned in the earlier post, Tredegar tested three of the “Gorgas” guns in September 1862, with three failures.  TheContinue reading “Improved guns for the forts: Confederate 4.62-inch Banded Rifles”

Confederate Siege Rifles: 4.62-inch or 24pdr Gorgas Rifles

From a distance, this gun might be mistaken for an iron “big brother” of the standard Confederate Napoleon gun. It stands today in the center of Stony Creek, Virginia. Although the bore is roughly the same 4.62-inch as a 12-pdr Napoleon, it has the faint traces of long eroded rifling. We might identify this gunContinue reading “Confederate Siege Rifles: 4.62-inch or 24pdr Gorgas Rifles”

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”