An early make Cyrus Alger Napoleon gun pointed at Laurel Hill

It has been a while since I published a real “artillery” post.  So let me renew my “quals” on cannon posts! Four years ago, I offered up a post about 12-pdr Napoleon guns with the line “all Napoleons look alike until you examine them up close.”  From that starting point, and with some deliberation, IContinue reading “An early make Cyrus Alger Napoleon gun pointed at Laurel Hill”

Bigger guns for Beauregard’s modifications: 10-inch banded and rifled Columbiads

In the summer of 1863, a set of modified 8-inch columbiads debuted in defense of Charleston.  J.M. Eason & Brother, in Charleston, banded these cannons and added 8-groove rifling (see the view of the muzzle in yesterday’s post).  But 8-inch rifles were not enough to deal with the Federal ironclads.  General P.G.T. Beauregard looked aroundContinue reading “Bigger guns for Beauregard’s modifications: 10-inch banded and rifled Columbiads”

Bigger Iron Frogs: 10-inch Model 1861 Siege Mortars

Confederate Colonel Moses White probably wished he had a these in the armament of Fort Macon during March and April 1862: The pair are 10-inch Model 1861 Siege Mortars. Colonel White’s garrison lacked mortars when Federals laid siege to the fort. Instead the Confederates used six 32-pdr carronades (and eventually some columbiads) for high angleContinue reading “Bigger Iron Frogs: 10-inch Model 1861 Siege Mortars”