From the Pittsburgh Steelers: Singer, Nimick, and Company 3-inch Rifles

OK, so they had rifled steel cannons in the Civil War. How about an example of one? If you’ve visited Gettysburg recently, you’ve probably walked by this one on the way to the theater. This may look like a typical 3-inch Ordnance Rifle. But there is a significant difference. This rifle is not from PhoenixContinue reading “From the Pittsburgh Steelers: Singer, Nimick, and Company 3-inch Rifles”

Disloyalty in the Ordnance Department? The case of William Maynadier

In the tense days of December 1860, Captain William Maynadier became a central figure in the correspondence concerning the disposition of military stores.  Maynadier, a West Point graduate of 1827, was at that time the assistant to the Chief of Ordnance, Colonel Henry K. Craig.  Maynadier had served in that capacity since 1842.   InContinue reading “Disloyalty in the Ordnance Department? The case of William Maynadier”