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


Civil War Artillery
by Harry Ridgeway

Rifled artillery projectile, Absterdam design, 3 in.
Artillery 3010 Absterdam 3in.

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:
Ordnance rifle, 3.in. Caliber of the gun is 3.0in., 7 grooves, projectile diameter should measure 2.94 in. approximately, variations will be found.


Artillery 3011 Absterdam lead sabot 3in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Absterdam design, Federal manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with lead friction ring, lead cup sabot, threaded fuze, Ordnance rifle, 3 in.
Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals following the invention of John Absterdam. Sabot system utilized was a lead cup sabot, with a lead friction ring inserted near the nose. This pattern was apparently developed mid war and was put into production, but never issued to troops in the field. Sabot is marked "PATENTED / S & CO / AUGUST 17TH 1862". Fuze employed was presumably Absterdam time fuze, Jones Fuzes pg. 110, top of fuze hole is recessed to take a flange, although none have been recovered with a fuze. Projectile measures: diameter 2.96in., length 7.25in., weight 8.5lbs.
Artillery 3011 Absterdam lead sabot 3in., Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 69.

A1546...Rifled artillery projectile, Absterdam design, Federal manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with lead friction ring, lead cup sabot, threaded fuze, Ordnance rifle, 3 in.
Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals following the invention of John Absterdam. Sabot system utilized was a lead cup sabot, with a lead friction ring inserted near the nose. This pattern was apparently developed mid war and was put into production, but never issued to troops in the field. Sabot is marked "PATENTED / S & CO / AUGUST 17TH 1862". Fuze employed was presumably Absterdam time fuze, Jones Fuzes pg. 110, top of fuze hole is recessed to take a flange, although none have been recovered with a fuze. Projectile measures: diameter 2.94in., length 7.5in. (excluding fuze), weight 8.6lb. Sabot unfired and intact. Threaded fuze missing. Part of friction ring is missing, patent date is readable. Shell disarmed, open fuze hole exposes empty interior. Recovered: surplus stocks.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 69.

A2513...Rifled artillery projectile, Absterdam design, Federal manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with lead friction ring, lead cup sabot, threaded fuze, Ordnance rifle, 3 in.
Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals following the invention of John Absterdam. Sabot system utilized was a lead cup sabot, with a lead friction ring inserted near the nose. This pattern was apparently developed mid war and was put into production, but never issued to troops in the field. Sabot is marked "PATENTED / S & CO / AUGUST 17TH 1862". Fuze employed was presumably Absterdam time fuze, Jones Fuzes pg. 110, top of fuze hole is recessed to take a flange, although none have been recovered with a fuze. Projectile measures: diameter 2.96in., length 7.25in., weight 8.5lbs. Sabot unfired and intact. Threaded fuze missing. Part of friction ring is missing, patent date is readable. Shell disarmed, open fuze hole exposes empty interior. Recovered: surplus stocks.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 69.

A2514...Rifled artillery projectile, Absterdam design, Federal manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with lead friction ring, lead cup sabot, threaded fuze, Ordnance rifle, 3 in.
Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals following the invention of John Absterdam. Sabot system utilized was a lead cup sabot, with a lead friction ring inserted near the nose. This pattern was apparently developed mid war and was put into production, but never issued to troops in the field. Sabot is marked "PATENTED / S & CO / AUGUST 17TH 1862". Fuze employed was presumably Absterdam time fuze, Jones Fuzes pg. 110, top of fuze hole is recessed to take a flange, although none have been recovered with a fuze. Projectile measures: diameter 2.96in., length 7.25in., weight 8.5lbs. Sabot unfired and intact. Threaded fuze missing. Part of friction ring is missing, patent date is readable. Shell disarmed, open fuze hole exposes empty interior. Recovered: surplus stocks.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 69.

A2635...Rifled artillery projectile, Absterdam design, Federal manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with lead friction ring, lead cup sabot, threaded fuze, Ordnance rifle, 3 in.
Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals following the invention of John Absterdam. Sabot system utilized was a lead cup sabot, with a lead friction ring inserted near the nose. This pattern was apparently developed mid war and was put into production, but never issued to troops in the field. Sabot is marked "PATENTED / S & CO / AUGUST 17TH 1862". Fuze employed was presumably Absterdam time fuze, Jones Fuzes pg. 110, top of fuze hole is recessed to take a flange, although none have been recovered with a fuze. Projectile measures: diameter 2.96in., length 7.25in., weight 8.5lbs.
Artillery 3011 Absterdam lead sabot 3in., Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 69.

Projectile measures: diameter 2.96in., length 7.25in., weight 8.5lbs. Sabot unfired and intact. Threaded fuze missing. Part of friction ring is missing, patent date is readable. Shell disarmed, open fuze hole exposes empty interior. Recovered: surplus stocks.


Artillery 3012 Absterdam brass sabot 3in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Absterdam design, Federal manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with smooth sides, high band brass sabot, Absterdam time fuze, Ordnance rifle, 3 in.
Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals following the invention of John Absterdam. Sabot system utilized was a high band brass sabot, this late war improvement over the Parrott system had the band extending beyond the bottom of the shell, slits enabled it to expand more evenly into the rifling. Sabot is marked "ABSTERDAM'S / PATENT / FEB 23, 1864". Fuze employed was Absterdam time fuze, Jones Fuzes pg. 110, top of fuze hole is recessed to take a flange. Although in production by the end of the war, none made it into the field by the time of the surrender. Projectile measures: diameter 2.96in., length 8.5in., weight 8lbs.
Artillery 3012 Absterdam brass sabot 3in., Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 71.

A0023...Rifled artillery projectile, Absterdam design, Federal manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with smooth sides, high band brass sabot, Absterdam time fuze, Ordnance rifle, 3 in.
Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals following the invention of John Absterdam. Sabot system utilized was a high band brass sabot, this late war improvement over the Parrott system had the band extending beyond the bottom of the shell, slits enabled it to expand more evenly into the rifling. Sabot is marked "ABSTERDAM'S / PATENT / FEB 23, 1864". Fuze employed was Absterdam time fuze, Jones Fuzes pg. 110, top of fuze hole is recessed to take a flange. Although in production by the end of the war, none made it into the field by the time of the surrender. Projectile measures: diameter 2.96in., length 8.5in., weight 8lbs. Brass band sabot is unfired and intact. Threaded fuze is missing. Metal solid, patent date is readable. Shell disarmed, open fuze hole exposes empty interior. Recovered: surplus stocks.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 71.

A1543...Rifled artillery projectile, Absterdam design, Federal manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with smooth sides, high band brass sabot, Absterdam time fuze, Ordnance rifle, 3 in.
Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals following the invention of John Absterdam. Sabot system utilized was a high band brass sabot, this late war improvement over the Parrott system had the band extending beyond the bottom of the shell, slits enabled it to expand more evenly into the rifling. Sabot is marked "ABSTERDAM'S / PATENT / FEB 23, 1864". Fuze employed was Absterdam time fuze, Jones Fuzes pg. 110, top of fuze hole is recessed to take a flange. Although in production by the end of the war, none made it into the field by the time of the surrender. Projectile measures: diameter 2.96in., length 8.5in., weight 8lbs. Brass band sabot is unfired and intact. Threaded fuze is missing. Metal solid, patent date is readable. Shell disarmed, open fuze hole exposes empty interior. Recovered: surplus stocks.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 71.

A1867...Rifled artillery projectile, Absterdam design, Federal manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with smooth sides, high band brass sabot, Absterdam time fuze, Ordnance rifle, 3 in.
Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals following the invention of John Absterdam. Sabot system utilized was a high band brass sabot, this late war improvement over the Parrott system had the band extending beyond the bottom of the shell, slits enabled it to expand more evenly into the rifling. Sabot is marked "ABSTERDAM'S / PATENT / FEB 23, 1864". Fuze employed was Absterdam time fuze, Jones Fuzes pg. 110, top of fuze hole is recessed to take a flange. Although in production by the end of the war, none made it into the field by the time of the surrender. Projectile measures: diameter 2.96in., length 8.5in., weight 8lbs.
Artillery 3012 Absterdam brass sabot 3in., Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 71.

Projectile measures: diameter 2.94in., length 8.25in. (excluding fuze), weight 11.5lb. Brass band sabot is unfired and intact. Absterdam fuze intact. Metal solid, patent date is readable. Shell disarmed, drill hole through paper section of the time fuze. Recovered: surplus stocks.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 71.

A2507...Rifled artillery projectile, Absterdam design, Federal manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with smooth sides, high band brass sabot, Absterdam time fuze, Ordnance rifle, 3 in.
Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals following the invention of John Absterdam. Sabot system utilized was a high band brass sabot, this late war improvement over the Parrott system had the band extending beyond the bottom of the shell, slits enabled it to expand more evenly into the rifling. Sabot is marked "ABSTERDAM'S / PATENT / FEB 23, 1864". Fuze employed was Absterdam time fuze, Jones Fuzes pg. 110, top of fuze hole is recessed to take a flange. Although in production by the end of the war, none made it into the field by the time of the surrender. Projectile measures: diameter 2.96in., length 8.5in., weight 8lbs. Brass band sabot is unfired and intact. Threaded fuze is missing. Metal solid, patent date is readable. Shell disarmed, open fuze hole exposes empty interior. Recovered: surplus stocks.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 71.

A2509...Rifled artillery projectile, Absterdam design, Federal manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with smooth sides, high band brass sabot, Absterdam time fuze, Ordnance rifle, 3 in.
Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals following the invention of John Absterdam. Sabot system utilized was a high band brass sabot, this late war improvement over the Parrott system had the band extending beyond the bottom of the shell, slits enabled it to expand more evenly into the rifling. Sabot is marked "ABSTERDAM'S / PATENT / FEB 23, 1864". Fuze employed was Absterdam time fuze, Jones Fuzes pg. 110, top of fuze hole is recessed to take a flange. Although in production by the end of the war, none made it into the field by the time of the surrender. Projectile measures: diameter 2.96in., length 8.5in., weight 8lbs. Brass band sabot is unfired and intact. Threaded fuze is missing. Metal solid, patent date is readable. Shell disarmed, open fuze hole exposes empty interior. Recovered: surplus stocks.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 71.

A2510...Rifled artillery projectile, Absterdam design, Federal manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with smooth sides, high band brass sabot, Absterdam time fuze, Ordnance rifle, 3 in.
Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals following the invention of John Absterdam. Sabot system utilized was a high band brass sabot, this late war improvement over the Parrott system had the band extending beyond the bottom of the shell, slits enabled it to expand more evenly into the rifling. Sabot is marked "ABSTERDAM'S / PATENT / FEB 23, 1864". Fuze employed was Absterdam time fuze, Jones Fuzes pg. 110, top of fuze hole is recessed to take a flange. Although in production by the end of the war, none made it into the field by the time of the surrender. Projectile measures: diameter 2.96in., length 8.5in., weight 8lbs. Brass band sabot is unfired and intact. Threaded fuze is missing. Metal solid, patent date is readable. Shell disarmed, open fuze hole exposes empty interior. Recovered: surplus stocks.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 71.

A2511...Rifled artillery projectile, Absterdam design, Federal manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with smooth sides, high band brass sabot, Absterdam time fuze, Ordnance rifle, 3 in.
Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals following the invention of John Absterdam. Sabot system utilized was a high band brass sabot, this late war improvement over the Parrott system had the band extending beyond the bottom of the shell, slits enabled it to expand more evenly into the rifling. Sabot is marked "ABSTERDAM'S / PATENT / FEB 23, 1864". Fuze employed was Absterdam time fuze, Jones Fuzes pg. 110, top of fuze hole is recessed to take a flange. Although in production by the end of the war, none made it into the field by the time of the surrender. Projectile measures: diameter 2.96in., length 8.5in., weight 8lbs. Brass band sabot is unfired and intact. Threaded fuze is missing. Metal solid, patent date is readable. Shell disarmed, open fuze hole exposes empty interior. Recovered: surplus stocks.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 71.

A2512...Rifled artillery projectile, Absterdam design, Federal manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with smooth sides, high band brass sabot, Absterdam time fuze, Ordnance rifle, 3 in.
Projectile was manufactured in the Federal arsenals following the invention of John Absterdam. Sabot system utilized was a high band brass sabot, this late war improvement over the Parrott system had the band extending beyond the bottom of the shell, slits enabled it to expand more evenly into the rifling. Sabot is marked "ABSTERDAM'S / PATENT / FEB 23, 1864". Fuze employed was Absterdam time fuze, Jones Fuzes pg. 110, top of fuze hole is recessed to take a flange. Although in production by the end of the war, none made it into the field by the time of the surrender. Projectile measures: diameter 2.96in., length 8.5in., weight 8lbs. Brass band sabot is unfired and intact. Threaded fuze is missing. Metal solid, patent date is readable. Shell disarmed, open fuze hole exposes empty interior. Recovered: surplus stocks.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 71.