Battle of the Bands, part 2: Comparison between Tredegar, Macon, and authentic Parrotts

When discussing Parrott rifles, we really have to focus on the bands.  The bands over the breech end of the cannon are what make the Parrott a Parrott, by type.  Without the band, the Parrott would simply be a gun of cast-iron that generally followed the Ordnance Shape in exterior arrangements.  One that would beContinue reading “Battle of the Bands, part 2: Comparison between Tredegar, Macon, and authentic Parrotts”

Fort Johnston Photo Analysis, Part II: 10-inch Confederate Columbiad and Fort Sumter

On Friday I opened this series by placing five photos of Fort Johnson, overlooking Charleston harbor, in context with surveys conducted at the end of the war. There are five more photos I will bring up later.  And those look at the fort from the interior.  For now, let me focus on the exterior photosContinue reading “Fort Johnston Photo Analysis, Part II: 10-inch Confederate Columbiad and Fort Sumter”

Guns of the CSS Atlanta: Part 2 – 7 inch Brooke Rifles

Moving up a caliber from yesterday’s post, now let’s look at the bow and stern guns of the CSS Atlanta.  At the time of capture, the Confederate ironclad mounted a 7-inch Single Banded Brooke Rifle in each position.  On the bow was number 1740 from Tredegar: On the stern was Tredegar number 1652. Just asContinue reading “Guns of the CSS Atlanta: Part 2 – 7 inch Brooke Rifles”