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”

8-inch Rifled and Banded Columbiad … with a new coat of paint

I’ve discussed this gun’s history in earlier posts: It is is an 8-inch “New Columbiad,” or Model 1857 if you prefer, banded and rifled by the Confederates during the war. And it recently received some TLC to include a new coat of paint as part of the  The Fort Sumter Trust’s  Adopt-A-Cannon effort.  Now theContinue reading “8-inch Rifled and Banded Columbiad … with a new coat of paint”

Batteries in the Marshes: The Defenses of Savannah, Part 2

Continuing from yesterday’s post, I’ll first turn to the improvements to the fortifications directed by General P.G.T. Beauregard in October 1862. Although after his initial, but brief September 1862 inspection, Beauregard considered the defenses well placed, after the detailed inspection in October, he found many issues with gun placement in the works.  Beauregard called forContinue reading “Batteries in the Marshes: The Defenses of Savannah, Part 2”