Another 10-inch Rifled Columbiad to defend Charleston

Last month I discussed the elaborate work done to convert this 10-inch Model 1844 Columbiad into a rifled and banded weapon for use defending Charleston. At that time, I mentioned a similar conversion done to another 10-inch Model 1844 Columbiad. Remarkably, considering only two such conversions were allowed, is that both survived the war.  TheContinue reading “Another 10-inch Rifled Columbiad to defend Charleston”

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”

150 years ago: Replinishing the magazines at Charleston

In just 2 ½ hours of action on April 7, 1863, the guns defending Charleston harbor fired 2,229 rounds.  As discussed earlier, General P.G.T. Beauregard was concerned at the expenditure of ammunition.  Try as you might, one cannot “un-shoot” a gun.  Recovery of shot spread across the bottom of the channel was impractical.  So theContinue reading “150 years ago: Replinishing the magazines at Charleston”