Need heavy guns on the Potomac: Seacoast defenses for Washington

Even after all direct threats to Washington, D.C. abated with the end of the Gettysburg Campaign, at least one man in the capital city saw the need to improve defenses. On September 1, 1863, Brigadier-General John G. Barnard wrote to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton: The works of Rozier’s Bluff, and near Jones’ PointContinue reading “Need heavy guns on the Potomac: Seacoast defenses for Washington”

Fort Sumter’s Small Guns: 24-pdr Siege Guns

Continuing with my survey of guns used at Fort Sumter in April 1861, let me move down the scale to the 24-pdr Siege and Garrison Gun.  Yesterday’s trip to Fort Washington, Maryland allowed me to re-examine one of these gun again. The 24-pdr class dated back to the American Revolution, but became the favored heavy-caliberContinue reading “Fort Sumter’s Small Guns: 24-pdr Siege Guns”