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Civil War Artillery
by Harry Ridgeway

Rifled artillery projectile, Blakely design, 2.9in. to 3in.
Artillery 3310 Blakely 2.9in to 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:
Confederate 10 pounder rifle, 2.9in. Caliber of the gun is 2.9in., 3 grooves, (apparently copied from Federal 10 pounder), projectile diameter should measure 2.85 in. approximately, variations will be found.
Confederate rifle, 3.in. Caliber of the gun is 3.0in., 7 grooves, (apparently copied from Federal 3 in. Ordnance rifle), projectile diameter should measure 2.94 in. approximately, variations will be found.
Confederate rifle, 3.in. Caliber of the gun is 3.0in., 12 grooves, projectile diameter should measure 2.94 in. approximately, variations will be found.


Artillery 3311 Blakely bourrelet ring 2.9in to 3in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Blakely design, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, bourreleted ringed short pattern, copper cup sabot secured with rectangle post, wood fuze, Confederate rifle, 3in.
Projectile was Confederate manufactured and is believed to have derived from an English design, that of T. A. Blakely. The sabot system utilized was a thick copper cup, secured to the shell by an internal post. This pattern utilized two bourrelet rings, rounded nose, interior may be segmentedto facilitate fragmentation. A lathe dimple in the base, and a casting sprue on the nose are usually noted. Fuze employed was a wood time fuze, Jones Fuzes pg. 2, fuze hole is smooth and tapered, the simple to make fuze couldeasily be hammered into place. Projectile measures: diameter 2.95in., length 7.25in. (excluding fuze), weight 7.5lb.
Artillery 3311 Blakely bourrelet ring 2.9in to 3in., Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 101.

A0847...Rifled artillery projectile, Blakely design, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, bourreleted ringed short pattern, copper cup sabot secured with rectangle post, wood fuze, Confederate rifle, 3in.
Projectile was Confederate manufactured and is believed to have derived from an English design, that of T. A. Blakely. The sabot system utilized was a thick copper cup, secured to the shell by an internal post. This pattern utilized two bourrelet rings, rounded nose, interior may be segmentedto facilitate fragmentation. A lathe dimple in the base, and a casting sprue on the nose are usually noted. Fuze employed was a wood time fuze, Jones Fuzes pg. 2, fuze hole is smooth and tapered, the simple to make fuze couldeasily be hammered into place. Projectile measures: diameter 2.95in., length 7.25in. (excluding fuze), weight 7.5lb.
Artillery 3311 Blakely bourrelet ring 2.9in to 3in., Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 101.

Projectile measures: diameter 2.95in., length 7.25in. (excluding fuze), weight 7.5lb. Fired sabot is partial exposing the square internal post. Wood fuze missing. Metal strong. Projectile is disarmed, open fuze hole exposes empty interior. Recovered: Atlanta campaign.


Artillery 3312 Blakely smooth side 2.9in to 3in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Blakely design, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with smooth sides, copper ring sabot secured with rectangle post, copper time fuze, Confederate rifle, 2.9in.
Projectile was Confederate manufactured and is believed to have derived from an English design, that of T. A. Blakely. The sabot system utilized was a thick copper ring, secured to the shell by a square internal post with a round knob. This pattern is smooth sided, rounded nose. There is no lathe dimple in the base. Fuze employed was a Confederate copper time fuze, two spanner holes, Jones pg. 41. Projectile measures: diameter 2.86in., length 8.25in. (excluding fuze), weight 8.9lbs.
Artillery 3312 Blakely smooth side 2.9in to 3in., Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 249.

A0081...Rifled artillery projectile, Blakely design, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with smooth sides, copper ring sabot secured with rectangle post, copper time fuze, Confederate rifle, 2.9in.
Projectile was Confederate manufactured and is believed to have derived from an English design, that of T. A. Blakely. The sabot system utilized was a thick copper ring, secured to the shell by a square internal post with a round knob. This pattern is smooth sided, rounded nose. There is no lathe dimple in the base. Fuze employed was a Confederate copper time fuze, two spanner holes, Jones pg. 41. Projectile measures: diameter 2.86in., length 8.25in. (excluding fuze), weight 8.9lbs.
Artillery 3312 Blakely smooth side 2.9in to 3in., Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 249.

Projectile measures: diameter 2.86in., length 8.25in. (excluding fuze), weight 8.9lbs. Fired sabot is sheared exposing the square internal post. Copper time fuze, intact. Metal strong. Projectile is disarmed, drill hole through the paper section of the time fuze. Recovered: Cobb County, Georgia.


Rifled artillery projectile, Blakely design, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, Confederate rifle, 2.9in., fragments.

A0224...Rifled artillery projectile, Blakely design, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, Confederate rifle, 2.9in., fragment of base and section of copper sabot, square post is nicely exposed.


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