cannon

  1. USS ALASKA

    Heavy Item Rail Transportation

    The 20-inch bore of a Rodman gun could fit a man inside. This Rodman was en route to Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1864 when it stopped long enough in Harrisburg, Pa. for a photo. Photo: Ken Turner Collection https://www.heinzhistorycenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Rodman-RR-car.png...
  2. Belle Montgomery

    Authorities detonate live Civil War cannonball found in Kansas museum

    (I realize the detonation video is from elsewhere but thought it needed to be shown since Kansas didn't) PLEASANTON, KS (KMBC) — A live cannonball from the Civil War era that had been on display for 20 years at a Pleasanton museum was detonated Friday afternoon. The 90-pound cannonball was...
  3. USS ALASKA

    Wind Of Ball Theory, Could A Near Miss Of A Cannonball Kill You?

    Schlieren photograph of a sphere moving through the air https://i.pinimg.com/originals/d4/2f/83/d42f8308c8149fe2b79eb666b3a651de.jpg Wind Of Ball Theory, Could A Near Miss Of A Cannonball Kill You? Posted March 12, 2019 by Doug E The small window of time mentioned above refers not to the tall...
  4. Z

    Artillery Chain of Command

    How did the chain of command work within an artillery battery? Who made decisions about the type of round to fire, the distance to the target, the length of the fuse if applicable, etc.? In other words, a courier dashes up to a battery commander and says, “Captain, your orders are to engage a...
  5. SWMODave

    It is the intention....to have the cannon melted down and made into souvenirs

    Feb 22, 1894 Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh hosted the 1894 GAR National Encampment and as with other encampments, surplus Civil War cannons were melted down to supply trinkets and badges to members. Photographed above is the bronze 12 pounder, donated by the US government and pulled from the...
  6. USS ALASKA

    Cannon Shock Waves in Ultra Slow Motion

    The Gallant John Pelham Artillery Competition in Tennessee has a little bit of something for everyone when it comes to big guns, including the chance to get some great slo-mo video. https://www.guns.com/2018/09/28/slowing-it-down-with-cannon-shock-waves-for-science-video/ Cheers, USS ALASKA
  7. skb8721

    Is This Possibly a Civil War Cannon?

    This small cannon was donated to a museum for which I volunteer. It was dredged up out of Bayou Teche, in south Louisiana, in the 1930s -- or so the oral history associated with the cannon maintains. (Tradition also maintains the cannon came from a southern "patrol boat" sunk by a Union...
  8. USS ALASKA

    Confederate 68 pdr SBs

    A 68-pounder on a replica carriage at Fort Nelson upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b5/68_pounder_fort_nelson.JPG While reading @rebelatsea 's excellent thread on the surplus Bombay Marine vessels - https://civilwartalk.com/threads/the-bombay-marine-offer-to-the-cs-government.107715/ -...
  9. Cpl. Smith

    How do you rifle a cannon?

    Is it done the same way as a hunting rifle just bigger. Are the groves cast? Thank y'all in advance!
  10. Wellwords

    How does Cannon really work?

    “Lieut. McCune, Co G, had his head blowed off.” Sandie Paxton, May 3rd 1863 On May 3rd, 1863, in the woods not far from the Chancellors house, at The Battle of Chancellorsville, 2nd Lieutenant Joseph McEwen died (Co. G, 140th PA Vol). Along with a lot of other people. Apparently the Lieutenant...
  11. Belle Montgomery

    Beautiful Civil War Monument- Soldiers AND Sailors Monument- Cleveland, Oh 1896-Public Square

    Perched proudly on Cleveland's Public Square is an 125' high monument dedicated exclusively to the Civil War-All four sides depict action-Built in 1896-inside 1894-renovated 2008. During the summer months you can visit INSIDE the monument to learn and see a lot more too! Cleveland Rocks! For...
  12. SWMODave

    Almost scrapped during WWII, Civil War treasures in a small Kansas town

    Both photos courtesy Waymarking Back in 1986, while visiting relatives in Hutchinson, Kansas, I was taken to visit their Soldiers and Sailors Monument, which is located in the center of their town. The monument is beautiful, with soldiers on the four corners depicting infantry, artillery...
  13. SWMODave

    General Shelby's Pet Battery, and Their Pet Bear

    Courtesy Wilson's Creek National Battlefield Shelby and His Men: Or, The War in the West By John Newman Edwards This battery of Collins' was one of the features of the old brigade, too, and the men had a species of tender love and reverence for the guns. They wanted them in their midst. They...
  14. 20th_NYArtillery

    Big Boom?

    Two shots from a parent of one of our members. First shot is of our reproduction of a 12 pdr Mountain howitzer and the second is of our 1872 12 pdr Light Dahlgren. Mind you, we were only firing roughly 1/3 lb of powder for each shot. That mountain howitzer though was making a few of our guys...
  15. 20th_NYArtillery

    Big Boom?

    Two shots from a parent of one of our members. First shot is of our reproduction of a 12 pdr Mountain howitzer and the second is of our 1872 12 pdr Light Dahlgren. Mind you, we were only firing roughly 1/3 lb of powder for each shot. That mountain howitzer though was making a few of our guys...
  16. James N.

    How to Fire a Civil War Cannon

    Part I - Cannoneers Post! We're all familiar with the roar of the guns and maybe even the smell of the gunpowder, but exactly how was it that Civil War artillery was manned and the guns were fired, according to regulation and the period drill employed by the armies of the North and South...


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