Iron Frogs: 8-inch Model 1861 Siege Mortars

Once again, let me return to one of the photos from Broadway Landing: This time, let me call attention to the squat mortar in front of the row of howitzers: Like an iron frog, just sitting quietly.  Waiting for a chance to grab a passing fly. It is/was an 8-inch Siege Mortar, Model 1861, madeContinue reading “Iron Frogs: 8-inch Model 1861 Siege Mortars”

Photo Examination: 10-inch Mortars at Dutch Gap

In an earlier post, I discussed the 10-inch seacoast mortars in this photo: The photo is remarkable at several layers.  I suspect the photographer captured work being done in July 1864.  The photo caption carries the caption “Work party and mortars at Butler’s Crow’s Nest.”  That leads me to dispatches appearing in the Official RecordsContinue reading “Photo Examination: 10-inch Mortars at Dutch Gap”

A rare mortar, with a familiar form: 10-inch Seacoast Mortar, Model 1861

While the early patterns of 10-inch seacoast mortars pose questions, even down to definitively establishing the year pattern, the model set in the 1861 Ordnance Instructions offers no such ambiguities. The “new” pattern issued at the eve of war conformed to similar designs set at that time. The table below compares the particulars of theContinue reading “A rare mortar, with a familiar form: 10-inch Seacoast Mortar, Model 1861”