Deck Guns

Zack

Sergeant
Joined
Aug 20, 2017
Location
Los Angeles, California
Several photos of Union monitors show little field guns that could be used on deck.

How were these stored when not in use?
Are there any records of them actually being used?

Credit to @toot for making me wonder these things.

USS Lehigh:
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FenianPirate

Private
Joined
Jul 12, 2015
Location
Rocklin, CA
Those are the standard naval boat howitzers with carriage. As I recall, they were 12-pound Dahlgren smoothbores, but Parrott rifles were also carried. There's a contemporary manual online that probably covers breaking down the carriage, and mounting the gun on its boat slide. I'll look for it...
 

Rhea Cole

1st Lieutenant
Joined
Nov 2, 2019
Location
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
On Monitors the deck gun was a signal or saluting gun. Needless to say, firing a salute with the main guns with blanks would consume a vast volume of powder, not to mention great physical effort. Tin Clads carried 12 pound howitzers on deck to lob shells at attackers on riverbanks. The flat trajectory of the main armament was often ineffective when attackers were masked by high ground or trees.
 
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