Improved 32-pdr Guns – Models of 1840 and 1845

After the long production run of the 32-pdr Model 1829, the Army turned to simplified and improved designs.  In parallel to 42-pdr seacoast gun developments, two experimental “new model” guns appeared in 1839.  Columbia and West Point foundries cast one Model 1839 each.  As noted on the chart below, the design shortened the reinforce andContinue reading “Improved 32-pdr Guns – Models of 1840 and 1845”

The Fine Craftsmanship of the Revere Copper Napoleon Guns

Federal production 12-pdr Model 1857 “Light” Field Guns are one of, if not THE, largest group of surviving field pieces from the Civil War.  These came from five vendors – Cyrus Alger, Ames Manufacturing, Miles Greenwood (Eagle Iron Works), Henry N. Hooper, and Revere Copper.  For the most part, one Federal Napoleon looks much theContinue reading “The Fine Craftsmanship of the Revere Copper Napoleon Guns”

Barbette or Casemate?

On several occasions I’ve mentioned barbette and casemate carriages.  In the 19th century, seacoast fortifications used both mountings for their main armaments.   To maximize the firepower on each facing of the fort, engineers stacked tiers, each supported by strong arch structures.   This cutaway model display at Fort Pulaski provides a good visual reference. On top,Continue reading “Barbette or Casemate?”