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, Navy watercap fuze, smoothbore 32 pounder, 6.4in.
Artillery 1540 Ball watercap fuze 32pdr. 6.4in.

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 32 pounder, 6.4in. Caliber of the gun is 6.4in., round projectile diameter should measure 6.25 in. approximately, variations will be noted.


Artillery 1541 Ball watercap fuze 32pdr. 6.4in.
Smoothbore artillery projectile, spherical ball, bursting shell, Navy watercap fuze, smoothbore 32 pounder, 6.4in.
Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals for the 32 pounder smoothbore which was the main gun of the 1840's and 1850's coastline defenses. The heavy 32 pounder was set near the water level, and was designed to send a ball skipping rapidly across the water to strike a wooden ship at the water line. Fuze employed was Federal Navy watercap fuze "ORD. D (anchor) / (date)" , (Jones pg. 10) . Projectile measures: diameter 6.25in., weight 25lbs.
Ref: Bell Heavy Ordnance, pg. 49.

A0278...Smoothbore artillery projectile, spherical ball, bursting shell, Navy watercap fuze, smoothbore 32 pounder, 6.4in., fuze dated 1861
Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals for the 32 pounder smoothbore which was the main gun of the 1840's and 1850's coastline defenses. The heavy 32 pounder was set near the water level, and was designed to send a ball skipping rapidly across the water to strike a wooden ship at the water line. Fuze employed was Federal Navy watercap fuze "ORD. D (anchor) / (date)" , (Jones pg. 10) . Projectile measures: diameter 6.25in., weight 25lbs. Navy watercap fuze intact, dated 1861, Projectiles is disarmed, drill hole through the bottom. Recovered: Savannah Georgia.
Ref: Bell Heavy Ordnance, pg. 49.

A2287...Smoothbore artillery projectile, spherical ball, bursting shell, Navy watercap fuze, smoothbore 32 pounder, 6.4in.
Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals for the 32 pounder smoothbore which was the main gun of the 1840's and 1850's coastline defenses. The heavy 32 pounder was set near the water level, and was designed to send a ball skipping rapidly across the water to strike a wooden ship at the water line. Fuze employed was Federal Navy watercap fuze "ORD. D (anchor) / (date)" , (Jones pg. 10) . Projectile measures: diameter 6.25in., weight 25lbs. Navy watercap fuze intact, dated 1861, Projectiles is disarmed, drill hole through the bottom. Recovered: Savannah Georgia.
Ref: Bell Heavy Ordnance, pg. 49.


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