Fort Johnson Photo Analysis, Part VIII: Over a hundred 90-pound bolts to deal with Federal monitors

In the last installment in the walk around Fort Johnson, I offered up this diagram indicating the perspective of several photos of the interior of the fort: Let me pick up this tour by stopping at point labeled FJ6 on that diagram.  That is where the photographer setup his equipment for this photo: We areContinue reading “Fort Johnson Photo Analysis, Part VIII: Over a hundred 90-pound bolts to deal with Federal monitors”

The heavyweight: 7-inch Triple-banded Brooke Rifle

J.R. Anderson & Company produced 7-inch Brooke rifles in singe-, double-, and triple-banded arrangements at the Tredegar Foundry.  The single-banded guns fell into disfavor as insufficiently strong to handle the heavy loads required to deal with Federal ironclads.  The double-banded version became the most heavily produced of the caliber, with 25 produced by Tredegar (SelmaContinue reading “The heavyweight: 7-inch Triple-banded Brooke Rifle”

Bad fuses and a burst Brooke Rifle: Confederate bombardment of Morris Island

By July 25, 1863, Confederate gunners had three heavy guns and two mortars ready to fire on Morris Island from James Island. Falling on the flanks of the Federal trenches, the fire from James Island had the potential to land severe damage Brigadier-General Quincy Gillmore’s operations. Battery Simkins was the first of these to bearContinue reading “Bad fuses and a burst Brooke Rifle: Confederate bombardment of Morris Island”