Abbot to Hunt: “Every step has been taken to hurry forward…”

In April 1864, Brigadier-General Henry Hunt sent recommendations and instructions to form a siege train supporting the Army of the Potomac’s next campaign.  On the first day of May 1864, Colonel Henry Abbot sent an update on his preparations toward that end: Fort Richardson, VA., May 1, 1864. Brig. Gen. Henry J. Hunt, Chief ofContinue reading “Abbot to Hunt: “Every step has been taken to hurry forward…””

Gorgas sends “Long Tom” to Wilmington

On January 5, 1864, Major-General W.H.C. Whiting wrote Colonel Josiah Gorgas, at the Confederate Ordnance Department, requesting assistance: Colonel Gorgas: My 30-pounder Parrott burst yesterday fighting the enemy at Lockwood’s Folly, killing 1 man and wounding officer in charge.  It was at third fire.  This is all the Parrott gun I have.  Hurry the others. Continue reading “Gorgas sends “Long Tom” to Wilmington”

It’s all about the foundry numbers: 30-pdr Tredegar Parrotts at Fredericksburg

In a post last month discussing weapons shipped to Vicksburg, I closed off with a photo of this big 30-pdr Parrott at Fredericksburg. The gun is a 30-pdr Parrott of Federal vintage used as a “stand in” representing weapons of the same caliber, but produced for the Confederacy by the Tredegar Iron Works. Ells’s GeorgiaContinue reading “It’s all about the foundry numbers: 30-pdr Tredegar Parrotts at Fredericksburg”