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, solid shot, Columbiad smoothbore, 10 in.
Artillery 1910 Ball solid shot 10in.

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 Columbiad gun, 10in. Caliber of the gun is 10.0in., round projectile diameter should measure 9.88in. approximately, variations will be noted.

The big 10 in balls generally fall into two categories, Columbiads or mortars. The mortar was a lighter gun, designed to send a lighter ball on a very high trajectory over the embankment and into a dug in trench. The walls on these mortars is going to be relative thin, usually around 1.0 inch to 1.5 inch. Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals for the Columbiad seige gun. This s were heavy Navy smoothbores, and were used in siege operations against land forts or other ships, the balls will be heavier, the walls are generally 2 inch thickness or greater.

A 10 inch ball will measure 9.87 in. after deducting for windage.


Artillery 1911 Ball solid shot 10in.
Smoothbore artillery projectile, spherical ball, solid shot, Columbiad smoothbore, 10 in.
Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals for the Columbiad seige gun. This solid shot was probably a test round, used to stress test the guns. Projectile measures: diameter 9.85in., weight 120lbs.
Ref: Bell Heavy Ordnance, pg. 72.

A0132...Smoothbore artillery projectile, spherical ball, solid shot, Columbiad smoothbore, 10 in.
Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals for the Columbiad seige gun. This solid shot was probably a test round, used to stress test the guns. Projectile measures: diameter 9.85in., weight 122lbs. Projectile is disarmed, solid iron casting never had a cavity or bursting charge. Recoverd: Norfolk, Virginia, Navy Yard from a demolition.
Ref: Bell Heavy Ordnance, pg. 72.



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