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”

That Confederate 6-pdr in the Belle Isle photo: An attempted identification

Likely you’ve seen this photo before: The view overlooks Belle Isle with Richmond, Virginia in the background. Naturally what I’m drawn to is the cannon. The size leads me to identify the field piece as a 6-pdr gun. But several details indicate this is no regulation 6-pdr. The breech face has a ring, or perhapsContinue reading “That Confederate 6-pdr in the Belle Isle photo: An attempted identification”