Iron Substitutes: Tredegar 6-pdr Iron Field Guns

To me, one of the most interesting aspects of Civil War artillery is the different approaches taken to essentially the same requirement – launching a projectile.  Due to operational requirements and contingencies different designers and manufacturers  chose alternate forms, constructions, and styles.  No where is that more apparent than with the Confederate field guns, particularlyContinue reading “Iron Substitutes: Tredegar 6-pdr Iron Field Guns”

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”