Fort Johnson Photo Analysis, Part IV: A wartime photo of a surviving cannon, a rare 10-inch Columbiad

The next stop on this virtual tour of wartime Fort Johnson, outside Charleston, South Carolina, is the photo designated FJ3: The location of this photo is plotted with that designation on the diagram below: I love this photo.  Mostly because of that scene-stealing cannon right up front: I’ve blogged a bit about this particular weaponContinue reading “Fort Johnson Photo Analysis, Part IV: A wartime photo of a surviving cannon, a rare 10-inch Columbiad”

Fort Johnston Photo Analysis, Part II: 10-inch Confederate Columbiad and Fort Sumter

On Friday I opened this series by placing five photos of Fort Johnson, overlooking Charleston harbor, in context with surveys conducted at the end of the war. There are five more photos I will bring up later.  And those look at the fort from the interior.  For now, let me focus on the exterior photosContinue reading “Fort Johnston Photo Analysis, Part II: 10-inch Confederate Columbiad and Fort Sumter”

Another 10-inch Rifled Columbiad to defend Charleston

Last month I discussed the elaborate work done to convert this 10-inch Model 1844 Columbiad into a rifled and banded weapon for use defending Charleston. At that time, I mentioned a similar conversion done to another 10-inch Model 1844 Columbiad. Remarkably, considering only two such conversions were allowed, is that both survived the war.  TheContinue reading “Another 10-inch Rifled Columbiad to defend Charleston”