Ma'am, please see https://civilwartalk.com/threads/such-rails-could-not-be-used-again.142572/I have a question you might be able to answer. How could "Sherman's Neckties" be untied? Might it have been done at the site with a traveling forge, or would it require moving to a "real" forge?
A "worm" is a tool used to extract a round out of the barrel. They are used in cannons as well as rifles that are loaded from the muzzle. If the powder does not fire, then you can remove the ball from the barrel by pulling it out. The tool is inserted and the tips grab onto the ball so you can extract it. I have done this with my rifle which fires soft lead. I'm not sure how easy this is to do with a large cannon ball made of steel.What was this strange looking item used for?
Thank you! This previously posted photo was most useful (see below). I can see how such a clamp could work. And given, as Dave says, we are dealing with iron and not steel (and iron is in short supply), there would be attempts at repair.Ma'am, please see https://civilwartalk.com/threads/such-rails-could-not-be-used-again.142572/
Antique Ordnance Publishers …. publish reproductions of measured drawings that were provided to manufacturers in the mid-1800s to manufacture Traveling Forges, cannon carriages, and other carriages for the U.S. Army....... send me some specific dimensions ...... That’s awesome!