The Charleston Museum’s “Weaponry Wednesday” on Tumblr

The Charleston Museum ranks among Charleston, South Carolina’s treasured historical resources.  I list it among the “must see” stops for any tour of Charleston.  That’s saying a lot, since as you know there are a lot of things to see in Charleston. The museum has always been active with social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, andContinue reading “The Charleston Museum’s “Weaponry Wednesday” on Tumblr”

Brooke Guns: Confederate anti-ironclad weapons in rifled and smooth bores

I’ve written about the Brooke Rifles from time to time. But I’ve not discussed the type in detail. And it is about time, in the sesquicentennial sense, to write a bit more about them. Although the weapon’s combat debut was in March 1862, inventories of the type built up slowly, particularly outside the Richmond area.Continue reading “Brooke Guns: Confederate anti-ironclad weapons in rifled and smooth bores”

It’s all about the foundry numbers: 30-pdr Tredegar Parrotts at Fredericksburg

In a post last month discussing weapons shipped to Vicksburg, I closed off with a photo of this big 30-pdr Parrott at Fredericksburg. The gun is a 30-pdr Parrott of Federal vintage used as a “stand in” representing weapons of the same caliber, but produced for the Confederacy by the Tredegar Iron Works. Ells’s GeorgiaContinue reading “It’s all about the foundry numbers: 30-pdr Tredegar Parrotts at Fredericksburg”