Burst Iron: Failures of Tredegar 3-inch Rifles

Yesterday I closed mentioning this Tredegar 3-inch iron rifled field gun: The worn trunnions do not offer any markings, but the muzzle gives away the faint trace of “1464” and the number “962” appears near the vent.  While difficult to see in the limited light of the side exhibit in the new visitor center, thoseContinue reading “Burst Iron: Failures of Tredegar 3-inch Rifles”

Variations on Two Themes: Tredegar’s 3-inch Iron Field Guns

Months ago I mentioned the connections between 6-pdr smoothbore field gun development and the early rifled field guns on the Federal side.  Similar connections appear on the Confederate side, particularly with the guns from Tredegar Foundry.  Just as the bronze 6-pdr smoothbore served as a baseline pattern for a 3-inch bronze rifle, the iron 6-pdrContinue reading “Variations on Two Themes: Tredegar’s 3-inch Iron Field Guns”