That Confederate 6-pdr in the Belle Isle photo: An attempted identification

Likely you’ve seen this photo before: The view overlooks Belle Isle with Richmond, Virginia in the background. Naturally what I’m drawn to is the cannon. The size leads me to identify the field piece as a 6-pdr gun. But several details indicate this is no regulation 6-pdr. The breech face has a ring, or perhapsContinue reading “That Confederate 6-pdr in the Belle Isle photo: An attempted identification”

Imported for the Confederacy: Austrian 6-pdr Field Guns – Part 1

Earlier this year I made comparisons between the US Model 1841 6-pdr and weapons of similar caliber in Europe. Although the Army purchased a handful of foreign made weapons for comparison tests, prior to the Civil War the American cannon market remained “closed” for the most part.  Of course the market opened with the startContinue reading “Imported for the Confederacy: Austrian 6-pdr Field Guns – Part 1”