Widow Blakely theories and clippings

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82-pdr. Blakely?

Tredegar made 900 shells for 7.5-in Blakelys (400 rounds = recommended quantity available for a single siege gun, 200 deployed, 200 in reserve)
  • 12/4/1861 1st Gov Req for 7.44-in Rifle Shells
  • 12/15-12/30 1861 Made 95 Rifle Shell, 7.44 bore, English (CS Britton Shell?)
  • 12/24/1861 Letter that includes new Tennessee Pattern Arrives (CS Reed Shell?)
  • 12/27/1861 Cast 200 English Shell 7.44 & finish the last order for 200 as soon as possible.
    • Order for 200 according to the letter Dec 24th, 400 in all
  • Undated - Memorandum - 200 Shell of 7.43 diam for 7 1/2 Blakely Gun. Similar to those made for Evansport Guns except that the Tennessee Sabot will be substituted for the Lead Sabot. (CS Tredegar Pattern?)
  • 2/10/1862 Capt. Wagner, Montgomery Alabama, New Rifled Shell Pattern, (Richmond Shell?)
  • 5/22/1862 Make 200 Shells, 7.43-inch Diameter with Tennessee Sabot
  • 5/29/1862 No more English Pattern or Tennessee Pattern Shells of the early types due to shortage of lead.
  • 7/1862 Make (unspecified number) Shells, 7.43-inch Diameter with Tennessee Sabot
1 Gun, Charleston
  • Gun #3 Arriving Winter/Spring 1862, shipped north to Richmond via rail.

2 Gun, Richmond Area
  • September 1861 (Approx), Gun #1 7.5-inch Blakely arrives near Richmond, sent to Evansport, VA
  • Gun #1 7.5-inch Blakely Captured at Shipping Point in March of 1862
  • 5/20/1862 Tredegar bills Navy for "Hauling Blakely Gun from Petersburg [RR] Depot to Richmond docks."
  • Gun #3 sent to front lines of works to bombard McClellans Lines for 7-Day's Battles
https://markerhunter.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/blakely-7_5-inch-rifles/bulletandshell.com topic=2152.0

1 Gun, Savannah, Georgia
  • Gun #2 7.5-inch Blakely "Widow" Arrives via blockade runner Bermuda (alone, or with #1, or up to 5 other 7.5" guns) in Savannah, September 28, 1861


We have important information by way of Washington concerning the
Bermuda
, which so recently ran the blockade and entered Savannah. She is an iron-clad vessel of fifteen hundred tons burden; sailing from Liverpool on the 18th of August, she reached Savannah on the 16th of September. Her cargo contained 18 rifled cannon of 32 and 42 pounds; 2 Lancaster guns of 168 pounds weight; powder, shot, and shells for this ordnance; 6500 Enfield rifles; from 200,000 to 300,000 cartridges; 6000 pairs of army shoes; 20,000 blankets; 180 barrels of gunpowder; a large quantity of morphine, quinine, and other medical stores. The cargo cost $1,000,000. The vessel is now fitting out as a pirate, to prey on the returning California steamers. It is said that Commander Totten is to have charge of her; also that two more iron-clad steam frigates are expected at Savannah from England by the 15th of the present month.

http://www.sonofthesouth.net/leefoundation/civil-war/1861/october/hayes-artic-expedition.htm


HARPER'S WEEKLY Oct 26, 1861.
"Her cargo contained 18 rifled cannon of 32 and 42 pounds; 2 Lancaster guns of 168 pounds weight; powder, shot, and shells for this ordnance; 6500 Enfield rifles; from 200,000 to 300,000 cartridges; 6000 pairs of army shoes; 20,000 blankets; 180 barrels of gunpowder; a large quantity of morphine, quinine, and other medical stores. The cargo cost $1,000,000."

MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL [MEMPHIS, TN], October 22, 1861, p. 2, c. 3
Richmond, October 17, 1861.
"...One of the Armstrong steel guns brought over in the Bermuda passed through the city yesterday. It is a tremendous piece of ordnance and excited great attention as it was drawn through the streets. Numbers of the new Enfield rifles with the sabre bayonet made their appearance this morning in the hands of soldiers to whom they had been distributed. It is a beautiful and very dangerous looking weapon, which the Yankees may soon become acquainted with at the other end."
http://www.uttyler.edu/vbetts/memphis appeal aug-oct 61.htm

Fingal

Loaded in Glasgow October 1861
Arrive Savannah Nov 12, 1861
"including 2 24-pdr Blakely Cannons"

Paddington Pollaky: The Mysterious Life and Times of the Real Sherlock Holmes
Pollaky (Spy) in England
https://books.google.com/books?id=RGITDQAAQBAJ&lpg=PT53&ots=bF1wyxGB_q
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Savannah Daily Morning News. October 14, 1861

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Memphis daily appeal
November 03, 1861

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The Daily Dispatch, Richmond, VA, October 17, 1861

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HEADQUARTERS, Near Richmond, Va., June 5, 1862.

Capt. GEORGE MINOR, Chief of Ordnance and Hydrography:

The Armstrong gun, if mounted on a field carriage, with its supply of projectiles, will be of immense importance to us. Can we not have it in the morning. The smaller guns (Parrott) I think we have enough of at present. I am very anxious to have a railroad battery. I wrote to Colonel Gorgas on the subject this morning and asked him to get you and Brooke to aid me. Till something better could be accomplished I proposed a Dahlgren or Columbiad, on a ships carriage, on a railroad flat, with one of your navy iron aprons adjusted to it to protect gun and men. If I could get it in position by daylight tomorrow I could astonish our neighbors. The enemy cannot get up his heavy guns except by railroad. We must bjock his progress.

Very respectfully and truly,
R. E. LEE, General.



OFFICE OF ORDNANCE AND HYDROGRAFHY, Richmond, Va., June 24, 1862.

General R. E. LEE, Comdg., &c., Hdqrs. near Richmond, Va.:

GENERAL: The railroad-iron plated battery designed by Lieut. John M. Brooke, C. S. Navy, has been completed. The gun, a rifled and banded 32-pounder of 57 cwt., has bee mounted and equipped by Lient. R. D. Minor, C. S. Navy, and with 200 rounds of ammunition, including 15-inch solid bolt shot, is now ready to be transferred to the Army.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
GEORGE MINOR, Commander, in charge.
 
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