Ridgeway Civil War Research Center,
A virtual examination of artifacts of the American Civil War


Civil War Artillery
by Harry Ridgeway

Smoothbore artillery projectile, spherical ball, bursting shell, seacoast watercap fuze, smoothbore 24 pounder, 5.82in.
Artillery 1450 Ball watercap fuze 24pdr. 5.82in.

This is the "Ridgeway Civil War Research Center...", a research tool for educational purposes only, and is provided at no cost to the reader. Some of the relics listed are retained in the author's collection, most reside in other collections and are not owned by the author. None of the items listed in this section are for sale, please refer to relicman.com sales listings for items offered for sale. This is a work in progress, I list items as I get to them, there are many patterns that are not listed yet, this list will be regularly updated as I get pictures and descriptions for more items. I will also correct mistakes, so if you see any please tell me. All items listed are believed to be authentic to the Civil War or as otherwise described. Any excavated relics have been recovered from private property with owners permission. This information is available for research purposes, pictures may be used by permission only.
All projectiles listed have been disarmed.

Most information on this page is from:
Field Artillery Projectiles of the American Civil War, 1993 Edition. by Thomas S. Dickey and Peter C. George.
Civil War Heavy Explosive Ordnance, A Guide to Large Artillery Prjectiles, Torpedoes, and Mines, by Jack Bell.
Artillery Fuses of the Civil War, by Charles H. Jones.
Pictures are by the author, unless otherwise indicated.

Weapons used:
Smoothbore 24 pounder, 5.82in. Caliber of the gun is 5.82in., round projectile diameter should measure 5.68 in. approximately, variations will be noted.

Artillery 1451 Ball watercap fuze 24pdr. 5.82in.
Smoothbore artillery projectile, spherical ball, bursting shell, seacoast watercap fuze, smoothbore 24 pounder, 5.82in.
Projectile was intended for the 24 pounder smoothbore, which was uncommon, not a very practical weapon for field use because of its excessive weight, most were used as flanking guns in the forts or as Coehorn mortars. Ball was e quipped with a seacoast fuze for coastal defenses. It is rare to find this fuze in this caliber as most were used as flanking guns which normally would not require a water resistant fuze. Shell employed a drive in seacoast watercap fuze, small size, diameter .9 in. (Jones pg. 7) . Projectile measures: diameter 5.7in., weight 16lbs.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 48.

A2289. Smoothbore artillery projectile, spherical ball, bursting shell, seacoast watercap fuze, smoothbore 24 pounder, 5.82in.
Projectile was intended for the 24 pounder smoothbore, which was uncommon, not a very practical weapon for field use because of its excessive weight, most were used as flanking guns in the forts or as Coehorn mortars. Ball was e quipped with a seacoast fuze for coastal defenses. It is rare to find this fuze in this caliber as most were used as flanking guns which normally would not require a water resistant fuze. Shell employed a drive in seacoast watercap fuze, small size, diameter .9 in. (Jones pg. 7) . Projectile measures: diameter 5.7in., weight 16lbs. Seacoast fuze intact. Projectile is disarmed, drill hole through the bottom. Recovered: Port Hudson, Louisiana.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 48.


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