Confederate Siege Rifles: 4.62-inch or 24pdr Gorgas Rifles

From a distance, this gun might be mistaken for an iron “big brother” of the standard Confederate Napoleon gun. It stands today in the center of Stony Creek, Virginia. Although the bore is roughly the same 4.62-inch as a 12-pdr Napoleon, it has the faint traces of long eroded rifling. We might identify this gunContinue reading “Confederate Siege Rifles: 4.62-inch or 24pdr Gorgas Rifles”

But … Not to say there wasn’t a Confederate Rodman

In earlier posts describing the Confederate Columbiads, I drew a fine distinction with regard to nomenclature.   Guns like this one at Fort Darling should not be classified as “Confederate Rodmans.” This gun may share some external features with the Rodman Guns, but in most other particulars differ.  The gunmakers did not use the casting techniquesContinue reading “But … Not to say there wasn’t a Confederate Rodman”

Fort Sumter’s Small Guns: 24-pdr Siege Guns

Continuing with my survey of guns used at Fort Sumter in April 1861, let me move down the scale to the 24-pdr Siege and Garrison Gun.  Yesterday’s trip to Fort Washington, Maryland allowed me to re-examine one of these gun again. The 24-pdr class dated back to the American Revolution, but became the favored heavy-caliberContinue reading “Fort Sumter’s Small Guns: 24-pdr Siege Guns”