The biggest rifle: 10-inch Parrott in Battery Strong

If Batteries Reno and Stevens were somewhat “same old, same old,” then Battery Strong was a one-off solution. Battery Strong stood roughly 20 yards to the left and behind Battery Stevens.  What made Battery Strong different from the others on in the breaching batteries was its armament – a single 10-inch (300-pounder) Parrott Rifle.  ThatContinue reading “The biggest rifle: 10-inch Parrott in Battery Strong”

20-pdr and 30-pdr Parrotts against Wagner: Battery Hays on the left

Having spent time discussing the batteries on Morris Island proper and the parallels, time to give the batteries on the “left” their due. These batteries sat on sand dunes which extended off the back of the island into the marsh. These were far enough off the island to require their own map in the officialContinue reading “20-pdr and 30-pdr Parrotts against Wagner: Battery Hays on the left”

Battery Brown and a Burst Parrott on Morris Island

Another of the heavy batteries constructed early during the work on Morris Island was Battery Brown.  Like the advanced gun on Battery Hays, Battery Brown’s guns were sited to fire on Fort Sumter.  On July 26, 1863 “began, on the right of the second parallel, by order of the general commanding, the construction of BatteryContinue reading “Battery Brown and a Burst Parrott on Morris Island”