Confederate Rodman? 8-inch Columbiad with revised form

Yesterday I left off considering this 8-inch columbiad in St. Augustine, Florida.  It is one of two located in the Plaza de la Constitución. This particular columbiad is a product of Bellona Foundry outside Richmond, Virginia.  Because the exterior form resembles contemporary Federal heavy guns, over the years this type has acquired the nomenclature “ConfederateContinue reading “Confederate Rodman? 8-inch Columbiad with revised form”

Working from the old patterns: Confederate “New Columbiads”

Back in April I posted some on the heavy columbiads used at Fort Sumter in 1861.  Both the 8- and 10-inch variety evolved from seacoast howitzers through the Models of 1844.  Not happy with the endurance of the Model 1844, the Ordnance Department conducted tests on modified versions of the columbiad.  These are given, retroactively,Continue reading “Working from the old patterns: Confederate “New Columbiads””

Spanish 6-pdr, Part 2 – The Gribeauval Gun

In an earlier post I mentioned these two Spanish 6-pdr guns at Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, Florida. As detailed in that earlier post, the gun on the left was cast in 1762 with a design dating back to the first part of the 18th century.  That gun came into American hands as aContinue reading “Spanish 6-pdr, Part 2 – The Gribeauval Gun”