Dahlgren on shrapnel (case shot): “… even a tolerable approximation … not likely to be undervalued…”

As I’ve opened the ball here, I feel bound to continue the discussion about the practice of case shot… and in particular how this was related to those training to man the guns.  Let me say again for emphasis – the conundrum here is that very little is offered in the manuals (US manuals, butContinue reading “Dahlgren on shrapnel (case shot): “… even a tolerable approximation … not likely to be undervalued…””

Case shot and practice of fire: A conundrum?

Consider this figure: This particular figure appeared in “Elementary Lectures on artillery: Prepared for the use of the gentlemen cadets of the Royal Military Academy” by Captains Charles Henry Owen and Thomas Longworth Dames, published in 1861.  And as “Royal” implied, these were English officers and not Americans.  Still, the technology was the same andContinue reading “Case shot and practice of fire: A conundrum?”

Bullet Shells? Why not case shot? Hotchkiss projectiles, Part 3

Let me pick up where I left off, several months back, discussing the Hotchkiss brothers and their ordnance patents.  Recall from those earlier posts, Andrew K. Hotchkiss possessed a keen mechanical mind.  He was behind the first set of patents issued to the brothers.  Specifically, Andrew’s name is associated with a rifle projectile using threeContinue reading “Bullet Shells? Why not case shot? Hotchkiss projectiles, Part 3”