Civil War Heavy Explosive Ordnance: A Guide to Large by Jack Bell

By Jack Bell

Civil battle Heavy Explosive Ordnance is the definitive reference publication on Union and accomplice huge quality artillery projectiles, torpedoes, and mines. a few of these projectiles are from the main well-known battles of the Civil battle, reminiscent of these at castle Sumter, Charleston, Vicksburg, Richmond, fortress Pulaski, fortress Fisher, cellular Bay, Port Hudson, and the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. Others have been fired from well-known cannon: the “Swamp Angel” of Charleston, the 10-inch Parrott rifles and 12.75 Blakely rifles utilized in Charleston, “Whistling Dick” of Vicksburg, and the 8-inch British Armstrong rifle and 8-inch Blakely rifle of fortress Fisher. and a few are from ships resembling the Alabama, Richmond, Pawnee, and Montauk, or have been fascinated by torpedo assaults opposed to significant warships.

Jack Bell covers greater than 360 projectiles in smoothbore calibers of 32-pounder and up and rifled projectiles of 4-inch quality and bigger. Bell additionally files twenty-one Union and accomplice torpedoes and mines, either these from historic files and those who have survived to fashionable occasions. every one projectile and torpedo is gifted in a knowledge sheet exhibiting a number of perspectives of the specimen and delivering information together with, yet now not constrained to, diameter, weight, the gun used to fireplace it, rarity index, and provenance.

Over the years these learning Civil battle ordnance were counting on the out-of-print 1973 book by way of Sydney Kerksis and Thomas Dickey, Heavy Artillery Projectiles of the Civil warfare 1861-1865, which covers lower than part the fabric provided in Bell’s publication. fantastically illustrated with greater than 1,000 pictures of projectiles from private and non-private collections, Civil struggle Heavy Explosive Ordnance is the recent typical reference quantity and may be of serious curiosity to Civil warfare historians, museum curators, box archaeologists, inner most creditors, purchasers, and experts on unexploded ordnance.

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19 Navy ORs, series I, vol. 7, 83. , 220-21. 21 Silverstone, 4-10. 22 Ibid. 23 Navy ORs, series I, vol. 14, 265-66. , vol. 7, 793. , 758-59, 793. 26 Brooke, Brooke, 250. 27 Navy ORs, series I, vol. 7, 787-88. , 787-99. 29 Army ORs, series I, vol. 6, 146, 166-67. , 147. ” 31 C. R. P. Rodgers, “DuPont’s Attack at Charleston,” Battles and Leaders, vol. 4, 32. , 34. 33 John Ericsson, “The Early Monitors,” Battles and Leaders, vol. 4, 30. , 35; and Silverstone, 4-5. 35 Navy ORs, series I, vol. 14, 3-9.

30 Olmstead, Stark, and Tucker, 96-97. 31 The rifle burst on the USS Hetzel, wounding six men. Navy ORs, series I, vol. 6, 558-61. 32 National Archives RG 74. Adm. Dahlgren Outgoing Letters, July 23, 1862–June 24, 1863. 33 See Navy ORs, series II, vol. 1 for the chronology of the cannon mounted and replaced on the ships that participated in the attacks on Port Hudson and Vicksburg. 34 The Union Navy had only six 4-inch (20-pounder) Dahlgren rifles out of 633 total cannon aboard the ships bombarding Fort Fisher — two on the USS Sassacus, and four on the USS Malvern.

PROOF SHOT—an elongated shot that weighs twice as much as a regular shot for a given caliber cannon; used to test the cannon during proof firings. GLOSSARY 41 PROVENANCE—the location where an item was used or recovered. Usually applies to a specific location or battlefield. It does not include the identification of origin. QUILTED GRAPE—an inert projectile designed to damage or destroy ships’ rigging and sails and to cause casualties among personnel on the decks of ships. It consists of a base plate with a bolt or pipe in the center, with four or more rows of balls, held together in a canvas (navy) or burlap (army) wrapping, secured with a heavy wire.

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