Fort Johnston Photo Analysis, Part VI: A look across the front of the fort, keys to the interior

This morning, let us continue the virtual walk in front of Fort Johnson, as it stood in the spring of 1865.  Our next, and last stop outside the fort, is here: I have labeled this photo’s location as FJ5 on the diagram below: This perspective gives us a wide view of the entire front ofContinue reading “Fort Johnston Photo Analysis, Part VI: A look across the front of the fort, keys to the interior”

Pointed at Fort Sumter: The 8-inch “New Columbiad”

I know, more 8-inch caliber Columbiads? Yes.  Perhaps no better illustration of the evolution of heavy artillery in America than to look at the varieties of 8-inch weapons present at Charleston in 1861.  Thus far I’ve discussed the Bomford “Seacoast Howitzers,” which evolved into the Columbiad Model 1844 (arguably more of a “shell gun”).  NowContinue reading “Pointed at Fort Sumter: The 8-inch “New Columbiad””