Bottom of the barrel? – Confederate use of old mortars

I’ve written much in the past about Castillo de San Marcos (or Fort Marion if you prefer) at St. Augustine.  The fort boasts a fine collection of colonial-era ordnance worth hours of examination. Since I’ve been on the mortars lately, let me belatedly mention a sesquicentennial anniversary of sorts, marked by this particular artifact. ThisContinue reading “Bottom of the barrel? – Confederate use of old mortars”

Mortars for the Army and Navy

One-hundred and fifty years ago this month, operations on several fronts in the Civil War featured the use of a new pattern weapon.  Both the Army and Navy brought 13-inch mortars to battlefields such as Island No. 10 and Fort Pulaski.  Later, in April, the heavy mortars appeared on the Virginia Peninsula aimed at theContinue reading “Mortars for the Army and Navy”

Another Paperwork Trail: Bellona 8-inch Columbiads

You might recall a couple of 8-inch guns  from St. Augustine from earlier in the Confederate Columbiad thread. The muzzle stamp very clearly identifies this gun as registry number 29. But you may recall that I took exception to the plaque at the base of the gun mount. As I said at the time, withContinue reading “Another Paperwork Trail: Bellona 8-inch Columbiads”