A trip to Europe, looking at foundries: The 1840 Ordnance Commission

Last week’s post about foreign 6-pdr field guns was a “resource” post, if not an outright setup posting.  Sort of a background discussion leading me up to some points about European cannons and influences upon American designs.  What I am leading up to is this cannon: This cannon marks the battery position for 8th IndianaContinue reading “A trip to Europe, looking at foundries: The 1840 Ordnance Commission”

June 26, 1864: “Medals of Honor” awarded to participants of the Morris Island Campaign

On this day (June 26) in 1864, the 3rd Rhode Island Heavy Artillery took a brief break from their normal routine of shelling Fort Sumter and Charleston.  The occasion was one for honoring the regiment’s heroes: June 26. The “Medals of Honor” awarded by Major-General Gillmore for “Gallant and Meritorious Conduct” in the reduction ofContinue reading “June 26, 1864: “Medals of Honor” awarded to participants of the Morris Island Campaign”

Photo Examination: 10-inch Mortars at Dutch Gap

In an earlier post, I discussed the 10-inch seacoast mortars in this photo: The photo is remarkable at several layers.  I suspect the photographer captured work being done in July 1864.  The photo caption carries the caption “Work party and mortars at Butler’s Crow’s Nest.”  That leads me to dispatches appearing in the Official RecordsContinue reading “Photo Examination: 10-inch Mortars at Dutch Gap”