Imported for the Confederacy: Austrian 6-pdr Field Guns – Part 2

In part one, I introduced an old Austrian 6-pdr at Fort Monroe: The old gun resembles the Liechtenstein-system guns developed in the mid-1700s  that formed the basis of Austrian cannons through the Napoleonic Wars.  Beside this gun is an Austrian 6-pdr with a different, cleaner exterior form. The “new” model 6-pdr retained the semi-circular handles,Continue reading “Imported for the Confederacy: Austrian 6-pdr Field Guns – Part 2”

Old Iron Field Gun at Fort Pulaski: 6-pdr Model 1834

While summarizing the design history of iron 6-pdr field guns from the early American period, I briefly mentioned the 6-pdr Model 1834.   A recent visit to Fort Pulaski allowed me to improve upon my photo collection with regard to that particular weapon. Located in the northwest casemate at Fort Pulaski, this 6-pdr is oneContinue reading “Old Iron Field Gun at Fort Pulaski: 6-pdr Model 1834”

A Bore-ing Day at Manassas

Yesterday the staff and I took an afternoon trip to Manassas to burn off what energy we had left after a day of yard-work.  While on the Henry Hill trail, I took the opportunity to take “measure” of some familiar guns. I’ve always carried a tape measure and small ruler with my camera/field bag.  ButContinue reading “A Bore-ing Day at Manassas”