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Gunner Thrasher

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Needing help
« on: January 26, 2018, 03:08:39 AM »
Ok this is my problem,  I have found in the Official Navy Records reference to Civil War field pieces in the following way: 1 iron field piece 3 6/8 with carriage; 1 field piece 4 5/8, with carriage; 1 field piece 4 1/2 inch; one 5 5/8 field piece.
   If anyone can help with the conversions of the sizes I would be very grateful.  Thanks Gunner

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Re: Needing help
« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2018, 07:17:44 PM »
I am sure there are people with better responses to give than mine, but I will say that 4 5/8 is very likely a 12pdr (4.62" bore),  3 and 6/8 is probably a 6pdr which would have a 3.67" bore new, 5 5/8 is very close to the diameter of a 24pdr shot of 5.68" although the cannon bore is a bit larger.  4.5" is 0.02" off the diameter of a 12pdr shot so probably a 12pdr.   In the few records I have looked at, folks seem to SWAG the bore diameters of guns quite frequently.

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Re: Needing help
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2018, 01:27:01 AM »
Thanks Mike, i guess that the swag monstet was running rampant with this one. Lol