Greek Fire shells at Charleston: Horrific incendiary or “humbug”?

One of the more controversial aspects of the siege of Charleston was the Federal use of incendiary shells, firing them into the city itself.  Major-General Quincy Gillmore ordered the use of 8-inch shells filled with “Greek fire” when the Swamp Angel bombarded the city in August 1863.   After the Swamp Angel burst, the Federals continuedContinue reading “Greek Fire shells at Charleston: Horrific incendiary or “humbug”?”

150 Years Ago: A “Destructive Conflagration” in Richmond

On June 14, 1863, the remains of Thomas J. Jackson left Richmond by railroad proceeding to Lexington, Virginia where his funeral was scheduled for the next day. As if the tragedy of Jackson’s death were not enough, the City of Richmond arose on this day (June 15) in 1863 to another disaster. The Richmond DailyContinue reading “150 Years Ago: A “Destructive Conflagration” in Richmond”

But … Not to say there wasn’t a Confederate Rodman

In earlier posts describing the Confederate Columbiads, I drew a fine distinction with regard to nomenclature.   Guns like this one at Fort Darling should not be classified as “Confederate Rodmans.” This gun may share some external features with the Rodman Guns, but in most other particulars differ.  The gunmakers did not use the casting techniquesContinue reading “But … Not to say there wasn’t a Confederate Rodman”