Came across these 2 to add to the list of cannons named for Ladies. The Lady Davis was at Port Hudson and The Lady Slocomb seen here laid in the street in Mobile well after the CW. The card is hard to read, any info on these 2?
Here is what I read---. . . . The card is hard to read, . . . .
5th Company W.A. (Washington Artillery?)Here is what I read---
Kodak picture of the gun
"Lady SLocomb" as it lay
for years at the street at
Mobile Ala., taken by a
northern tourist and given
to T. B. Hull of 5th Co(?)
IV.(?) A., who donated this
picture to Memorial
Hall Aug 6th 1900.
It very well may be the same one according to the marker displayed with the cannon.
There's a writeup on how the Washingtons took it out of Atlanta after the war in (a forgotten volume) of Confederate Veteran magazine. You'll have to poke through back issues to find it.
At Island No. 10 the Confederates had two guns which theyCame across these 2 to add to the list of cannons named for Ladies. The Lady Davis was at Port Hudson
An uncle of mine was in 5th Co. Washington Artillery. He was seriously wounded at Shiloh. After recovering from his wounds, he was transferred to the Engineer Troops as a 1st Lt. He was among some of the last officers to surrender in Shreveport.I had posted the following in another thread: https://civilwartalk.com/threads/civil-war-guns-named-for-prominient-ladies-during-civil-war-era.73112/
The Lady Slocomb (an 8-inch Columbiad) was named for Mrs. Abigail "Abby" H. Day Slocomb, wife of Capt. Cuthbert H. Slocomb who commanded the 5th Company, Washington Artillery, known as one of the best battery commanders in the Army of Tennessee.
Lady Slocomb was famously used in Siege of Spanish Fort during the Mobile Campaign in March-April 1865 - served on the landward face by the 5th Company, Washington Artillery. It was recorded that Lady Slocomb fired 44 shell, 18 solid shot, 13 grape, and 6 canister throughout the siege, until disabled by counter-battery fire on April 4. She was later recovered in 1899 and put on display at the Confederate Memorial Hall in New Orleans.
At Spanish Fort the 5th Co., Washington Artillery was also equipped with two 12-pound Napoleons, one 3-inch Ordnance Rifle, and four mortars. The two Napoleons were "Lady Vaught" (after Lt. William Vaught's wife) and "Cora Slocomb" (after the captain's daughter), and the 3-inch Ordnance Rifle was "General Gibson" (after Randall H. Gibson). Two of the four Coehorn mortars were named "Theresa" and "Louise" after the peanut- and apple-vending girls at a coffeehouse in Mobile.
This is according to The Pride of the Confederate Artillery: The Washington Artillery in the Army of Tennessee by Nathaniel Cheairs Hughes.
Here's Lady Slocomb outside the Confederate Memorial Hall today. Another interesting fact is that veterans of the 14th Texas Cavalry (dismounted) who served alongside the Washington Artillerymen at Spanish Fort later provided funds for the granite base that she sits on.
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