Casting Tests: More Experimental 6-pdr Guns

Turning again to the chart of experimental 6-pdrs of the 1830s and 1840s: The last two lines on the chart are two batches of trials and experimental iron guns from Cyrus Alger in Boston, Massachusetts.  While technically not “field guns” these two batches offer a glimpse of the Ordnance Department’s attempts to determine the bestContinue reading “Casting Tests: More Experimental 6-pdr Guns”

8-inch Columbiad Walkaround

In January I ran a post about the 8-inch Columbiad Model 1844 but unfortunately could only use photos of a battered example on display at Fort Sumter. While fine for “talking” about the columbiad, the example does not do justice to the original form of the weapon.  I was in need of “walk around” photosContinue reading “8-inch Columbiad Walkaround”