“I am now lacquering or varnishing the interior … of the shells.” : Parrott offers remedies for Parrott failures

From the last weeks of June 1863 right up to the fall of Charleston in February 1865, the story of the siege was dominated by the sound of heavy Parrott rifles firing bolts and shells towards the Confederates.  The performance of these heavy rifles was extreme for its day, and duly noted by observers.  JustContinue reading ““I am now lacquering or varnishing the interior … of the shells.” : Parrott offers remedies for Parrott failures”

Photo Analysis: The east side of Fort Putnam

In a couple of earlier posts, I used this photo as a reference for Fort Putnam: And as mentioned earlier, this photo compares favorably to a painting by Conrad Wise Chapman.  But the real treasure of this photo lies in the details the lens captured.  I suspect the photographer took this photo when the FederalsContinue reading “Photo Analysis: The east side of Fort Putnam”

6.4-inch and 8-inch Parrotts against Fort Sumter from Battery Reno

Moving forward with the examination of the “Left Batteries” on Morris Island, the guns to the left of Battery Hays were in a series of named works. These were Batteries Reno, Stevens, and Strong, seen here in a closer crop from the map above: Lieutenant Peter Michie directed the construction of these works, starting afterContinue reading “6.4-inch and 8-inch Parrotts against Fort Sumter from Battery Reno”