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, Confederate seacoast watercap fuze, smoothbore 42 pounder, 7 in.
Artillery 1650 Ball watercap fuze 42pdr. 7in.

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 42 pounder, 7in. Caliber of the gun is 7.0in., round projectile diameter should measure 6.84in. approximately, variations will be noted.


Artillery 1651 Ball watercap fuze 42pdr. 7in.
Smoothbore artillery projectile, spherical ball, bursting shell, Confederate seacoast watercap fuze, smoothbore 42 pounder, 7 in.
Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals for the 42 pounder smoothbore. The 42 pounder saw limited use as a smoothbore, cannons of this caliber were mostly converted to rifle by the Civil War. Apparently the Confederates attempted to utilize some stocks of them by fitting a seacoast watercap fuze. Fuze employed was the Confederate drive in seacoast watercap fuze, with wood sleeve, diameter .6in., Jones pg. 8 . Projectile measures, diameter 6.85in., weight 30lbs.
Ref: Bell Heavy Ordnance, pg. 53.

A2281...Smoothbore artillery projectile, spherical ball, bursting shell, Confederate seacoast watercap fuze, smoothbore 42 pounder, 7 in.
Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals for the 42 pounder smoothbore. The 42 pounder saw limited use as a smoothbore, cannons of this caliber were mostly converted to rifle by the Civil War. Apparently the Confederates attempted to utilize some stocks of them by fitting a seacoast watercap fuze. Fuze employed was the Confederate drive in seacoast watercap fuze, with wood sleeve, diameter .6in., Jones pg. 8 . Projectile measures, diameter 6.85in., weight 30lbs. Metal solid, there is filler on the bottom, Confederate seacoast watercap fuze intact. Shell disarmed, drill hole through the bottom. Recovered: Port Hudson, Louisiana.
Ref: Bell Heavy Ordnance, pg. 53.


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