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Artillery / Re: Copper Ball
« Last post by Jack Bell on Today at 06:55:21 PM »
Interesting to note that the USS Monitor had bronze-covered 11-inch cannonballs during the battle with the CSS Virginia on March 9, 1862, but used cast iron shot aboard instead. The Monitor also had wrought iron shot aboard but did not use them.
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Artillery / Re: Pee Dee Gun Carriages
« Last post by pipedreamer65 on Today at 11:03:49 AM »
Perhaps it was the cheapest way to display them, but still have a touch of authenticity? 
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Artillery / Re: Pee Dee Guns on Display
« Last post by Selma Hunter on Today at 07:32:40 AM »
Mike,

Thanks for sharing that info.  I had no idea that Florence was so well endowed.

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Artillery / Re: Pee Dee Guns on Display
« Last post by emike123 on June 23, 2019, 03:15:03 PM »
There are at least 3 VA facilities in Florence, SC and none that I could find have the name in the oft copied press release, but these guns are at 707 E National Cemetery Rd, Florence, SC 29506

I will be down that way later this Summer and hope to see them.
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Artillery / Pee Dee Gun Carriages
« Last post by Selma Hunter on June 23, 2019, 08:42:26 AM »
All,

The now beautiful guns of the Pee Dee are now in place at the VA facility in Florence, SC.  I have followed every email, news article and private message on the topic since they were transported to the permanent display site on the 12th (?) of  this month.  Unfortunately it was not possible to get there personally for the event. 

Several of these photos were taken by Ted Gragg and others by my friend Micky Aderholt. 

The question I have is who/why arranged for the two Brooke tubes to be mounted on Naval TRUCK carriages?  At best I would think that the VI.4 might be mounted on a Marsilly carriage.  In the total of my research neither a photo nor reference in narrative ever placed a VII" Brooke tube on a naval truck unless it happened somewhere in the James River flotilla late in the war. 

Can anyone tell me if I missed something?
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Artillery / Re: Iron Question
« Last post by emike123 on June 22, 2019, 02:54:40 PM »
In reference to 6pdr solids, on page 454 Biemick writes: "Shot over 6.15 pounds are likely British imports that came through the blockade."  On page 574 Biemick has measurements of actual shot in the 6pdr range with a 3.58" diameter American made one weighing 6.1lbs and a 3.55" diameter British one weighing 6.291lbs.  I am sure somewhere in his book he has the geometry equation to calculate precisely what your .03-.05" larger diametered 3.58-3.6" one would weigh if made of British iron, but obviously it is more than 6.291lbs (6lbs 4.656oz).  So my guesstimate is your battlefield recovered shot is right in line with being British iron.  Coincidentally, the British iron is referred to as "having a density almost like steel"
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Recommended Reading / Re: CO Aytch
« Last post by speedenforcer on June 22, 2019, 11:55:55 AM »
I stand corrected. It has been many many years since I read the book so my memory of most of it has failed me. But I do remember it being a very good book.
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Artillery / Re: Iron Question
« Last post by speedenforcer on June 22, 2019, 11:51:17 AM »
That makes sense Selma.
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Artillery / Re: Iron Question
« Last post by Selma Hunter on June 22, 2019, 09:19:53 AM »
My first thought is that using steel projectiles in a cast iron gun tube would be very hard on the bore - with or without rifling. FWIW
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Recommended Reading / Re: CO Aytch
« Last post by Garret on June 20, 2019, 11:23:58 PM »
There are actually a lot of artillery related accounts in the book.   The one that comes to my mind is the portion titled "Pine Mountain--Death of General Leonidas Polk.   "While looking at them with his field glass, a solid shot from the Federal guns struck him in his left breast, passing through his body and through his heart.   I saw him while the infirmary corps were bringing him off the field.   He was as white as a piece of marble, and the most remarkable thing about him was, that not a drop of blood was ever seen to come out of the place through which the cannon ball had passed."   

A couple of pages later he writes about the "Dead Angle" at Kennesaw, Georgia:  "...the Federal line opened upon us, and for more than an hour they poured their solid and chain shot, grape and shrapnel right upon this salient point, defended by our regiment alone...."

In the section about Murfreesboro he wrote:  "As I went back to the field hospital, I overtook another man walking along.   I do not know to what regiment he belonged, but I remember of first noticing that his left arm was entirely gone.   His face was white as a sheet.  The breast and sleeve of his coat had been torn away, and I could see the frazzled end of his shirt sleeve, which appeared to be sucked into the wound.  I looked at it pretty close, and I said 'Great God!' for I could see his heart throb, and the respiration of his lungs.   I was filled with wonder and horror at the sight.   He was walking along, when all of a sudden he dropped down and died without a struggle or a groan."

There's a ton of artillery related accounts in Co Aytch that have remained in my memory since reading it that I remember where they are in the book years later.   It's such a fascinating account of the war. 
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