150 years ago: The Presto fails to pass through Maffitt’s Channel

I’ve written before about the decline of Charleston as a port for blockade runners.  That decline, much the result of the Federal occupation of Morris Island, did not signify a complete closure of Charleston.  Because the Federal guns on Morris Island and the ironclads off Fort Sumter dominated the Main, Swash, and North Channels enteringContinue reading “150 years ago: The Presto fails to pass through Maffitt’s Channel”

Bigger guns for Beauregard’s modifications: 10-inch banded and rifled Columbiads

In the summer of 1863, a set of modified 8-inch columbiads debuted in defense of Charleston.  J.M. Eason & Brother, in Charleston, banded these cannons and added 8-groove rifling (see the view of the muzzle in yesterday’s post).  But 8-inch rifles were not enough to deal with the Federal ironclads.  General P.G.T. Beauregard looked aroundContinue reading “Bigger guns for Beauregard’s modifications: 10-inch banded and rifled Columbiads”

8-inch Rifled and Banded Columbiad … with a new coat of paint

I’ve discussed this gun’s history in earlier posts: It is is an 8-inch “New Columbiad,” or Model 1857 if you prefer, banded and rifled by the Confederates during the war. And it recently received some TLC to include a new coat of paint as part of the  The Fort Sumter Trust’s  Adopt-A-Cannon effort.  Now theContinue reading “8-inch Rifled and Banded Columbiad … with a new coat of paint”