The Dahlgren “family” of smoothbore shell and solid shot guns

Earlier I mentioned some connections between the biggest of the Dahlgren guns and the Army’s Rodman guns. These weapons were contemporaries, as of course were the inventors – John A.B. Dahlgren and Thomas J. Rodman. But while the Army’s Rodman guns were designed almost exclusively for seacoast defense, Dahlgren’s designs covered practically all the Navy’sContinue reading “The Dahlgren “family” of smoothbore shell and solid shot guns”

150 years ago: Fireworks on the James – capture of the CSS Teaser

One hundred and fifty years ago today (July 4, 1862), Lieutenant Hunter Davidson, commanding the armed tug CSS Teaser, headed down the James River to place torpedoes (mines) and generally reconnoiter the Federal positions near Harrison’s Landing.  Meanwhile, the gunboat USS Maratanza, commanded by Lieutenant T.H. Stevens, was also on a reconnaissance of the riverContinue reading “150 years ago: Fireworks on the James – capture of the CSS Teaser”

Day Two at the CW Navy Conference: Priceless Artifacts

I am just about to head out for the second day of the Civil War Navy Conference and am looking forward to even more great presentations on steel ships, steam engines, muzzle-loading cannons, and iron men.  So while the posting is light, I’ll stream Twitter updates when possible. But I will leave you Twitter-averse typesContinue reading “Day Two at the CW Navy Conference: Priceless Artifacts”