Confederate Rodman? 8-inch Columbiad with revised form

Yesterday I left off considering this 8-inch columbiad in St. Augustine, Florida.  It is one of two located in the Plaza de la Constitución. This particular columbiad is a product of Bellona Foundry outside Richmond, Virginia.  Because the exterior form resembles contemporary Federal heavy guns, over the years this type has acquired the nomenclature “ConfederateContinue reading “Confederate Rodman? 8-inch Columbiad with revised form”

Spanish 6-pdr, Part 2 – The Gribeauval Gun

In an earlier post I mentioned these two Spanish 6-pdr guns at Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, Florida. As detailed in that earlier post, the gun on the left was cast in 1762 with a design dating back to the first part of the 18th century.  That gun came into American hands as aContinue reading “Spanish 6-pdr, Part 2 – The Gribeauval Gun”

Castillo de San Marcos

I’ve featured several cannons (8-inch seacoast howitzers, 8-inch siege howitzers, 24-pdr field howitzers, and 32-pdr seacoast guns) located at the old Castillo de San Marcos over the last few weeks.  Time to formally introduce the fort! The fort has a long and interesting history, which I’ll briefly mention on the way to the Civil WarContinue reading “Castillo de San Marcos”