A discussion about the weapons artillery and ammunition used in the civil war

Initially made of bronze, Napoleons were cast from iron when the South ran short of the other metal. The basic concept, however, varied little; a sabot ring in the case of the solid shot on the left, a canvas-covered iron sheet was expanded by the explosive force passing through slots in the base of the shot.

Civil War artillery was also classified according to its tactical deployment, including field, seacoast, and siege artillery. The prescribed rations were not always available.

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Although they served to decorate their original possessors and delight modern collectors, they inflicted few casualties. One famous Blakely rifle was "The Widow Blakely" that was used by the Confederates during the defenses of Vicksburg, Mississippi, in Infantry, assumed the job of bomb tossing.

Hunt, chief of artillery for the Federal forces, reported that fire from the Confederate guns was high. The fuses used by the artillery in the Civil War were of two very basic types: An exception to the rule against using mules was their role in carrying small mountain howitzers.

At the closed end, a small hole of about the same diameter of the tube is drilled to one side, and short length of similar tubing is inserted and soldered into place.

When fired, the can or wrapping disintegrated, releasing the shot in a spray. The losses to exhaustion can be keyed to specific events.

Civil War Cannon

When Union or Confederate troops marched across country, the guns moved with them. Primed again and loaded with more shot, the gun again was touched off. The Read and Parrott designs, which were substantially similar though not identical, relied on a soft metal cup usually brass or wrought iron in the base to expand and take the rifling.

Civil War Weapons

The principal small arms on both sides were the. Other guns considered as standard, or common, weapons for the Civil War were the Model 6-pounder field gun; Model pounder seacoast weapon; and the Model pounder seacoast gun. During battle, the guns were moved to assigned positions and then were switched from place to place, pulled back or sent forward as fortune demanded.

Unable to get the government to adopt the gun or to perfect its performance, Gilleland contacted Georgia Governor Joseph E. Others looked like deadly bocce balls. The battery was then able to travel without long delays due to the inevitable traffic jams caused by jostling troops.

The short artillery sword with which the gunners were supposed to disembowel the horse that had overrun their position and then dispatch the rider-was among the most useless of weapons The lance, another serious weapon in the hands of a trained trooper, also appeared in the war.

None, under ordinary circumstances, moved independently. Prior tothe United States government offered little encouragement to, and even less interest in, the inventions and experiments being offered by various ordnance experts.

For ease of identification and discussion, weapons will be grouped under guns and howitzers, mortars, and Columbiads. Boatner's "Civil War Dictionary. Almost all Civil War cannon were muzzleloading; breech-loading models, such as the British pounder rifled Armstrong and Whitworth cannon, were generally unreliable and awkward.

It has a brass ring sabot and a zinc fuze plug for a paper fuze. Several different foreign models, particularly from France and England, were imported by the Confederate army, and some were made famous by the generals who used them.

Naval and siege cannons, including Dahlgrens and Rodman smoothbores, were among the heaviest and most powerful.

By far, the most common was the Colt revolver, primarily the. Four-gun batteries were also common, especially in the Confederate Army. As with the corresponding heavy field guns, the heavier howitzers were available in limited quantities early in the war.

Weapons of the American Civil War

Designed to expand while traveling along the rifle barrel, it increased muzzle velocity as well as providing spin to the bullet, expanding its accuracy and range.

Before the introduction of the friction primer, many pieces were equipped with a lock mechanism to use percussion caps, similar to those used to fire muskets. Rains, commandant of the arsenal, the cannon was sent back to Athens. All continued to be based on the concept of a substance powder or quickmatch that would burn at a known rate.

On occasion a weapon may be listed by both designations. The cannon jumped violently in recoil and spewed its connected shot erratically across the field, missing its intended target.

It was similar in design to those the French were experimenting with at the time and a true precursor of the modern hand grenade. Dahlgren was a Lieutenant when he was assigned to the ordnance department at the U.Artillery All firearms larger than small arms are known as artillery or cannon.

Although there were dozens of different types of cannon used during the Civil War, they all fell into one of two categories: smoothbore or rifled cannon. Nov 18,  · The James I. Robertson Jr. Civil War Sesquicentennial Legacy Collection includes letters, diaries, photographs, and other manuscripts held in private collections shared Between and through a digitization and access project sponsored through a partnership of the Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission, Virginia's local Sesquicentennial.

Field artillery in the American Civil War refers to the important artillery weapons, equipment, and practices used by the Artillery branch to support the infantry and cavalry forces in the field. It does not include siege artillery, use of artillery in fixed fortifications, or coastal or naval artillery.

This site was designed to help the reader to better understand the variety of Civil War artillery projectiles used by the Confederate and Federal forces during the War Between the States.

The authors, Jack W. Melton, Jr. and Lawrence E. Pawl have made every effort to be accurate, and. The Civil War was by far the most deadly war in American history. The bloody four-year conflict between the northern and southern states of the America would end up consuming the lives of an astounding 2 percent of the prewar national population—, dead and a further million wounded.

Field artillery in the American Civil War refers to the artillery weapons, equipment, and practices used by the Artillery branch to support the infantry and cavalry forces in the field.

It does not include siege artillery, use of artillery in fixed fortifications, or coastal or naval artillery. Nor does it include smaller, specialized artillery classified as small arms.

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