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Civil War Artillery
by Harry Ridgeway

Rifled artillery projectile, Blakely design, 3.67in.
Artillery 3320 Blakely 3.67in.

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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 20 pounder rifle, 3.67in. Caliber of the gun is 3.67in., 5 grooves, (apparently copied from Federal 20 pounder), projectile diameter should measure 3.62 in. approximately, variations will be found.


Artillery 3321 Blakely bourrelet ring 3.67in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Blakely design, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, bourreleted ringed long pattern, copper cup sabot secured with rectangle post, wood fuze, Confederate rifled 6 pounder or 20 pounder, 3.67in.
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 segmented to facilitate fragmentation. A lathe dimple in the base, and a casting sprue on the nose are usually noted. This pattern may have been Confederate experimental, it would have been difficult to manufacture and used a lot of copper, which was in short supply, consequently its use was limited. 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 3.66in., length 9.75in. shell body only sabot missing, weight 17.5lb., no sabot.
Artillery 3321 Blakely bourrelet ring 3.67in., Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 104.

A0843...Rifled artillery projectile, Blakely design, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, bourreleted ringed long pattern, copper cup sabot secured with rectangle post, wood fuze, Confederate rifled 6 pounder or 20 pounder, 3.67in.
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 segmented to facilitate fragmentation. A lathe dimple in the base, and a casting sprue on the nose are usually noted. This pattern may have been Confederate experimental, it would have been difficult to manufacture and used a lot of copper, which was in short supply, consequently its use was limited. Fuze employed was a wood time fuze, Jones Fuzes pg. 2, fuze hole is smooth and tapered, the simple to make fuze could easily be hammered into place. Projectile measures: diameter 3.66in., length 9.75in. shell body only sabot missing, weight 17.5lb., no sabot. Fired sabot separated on firing, exposing the square post. Wood fuze missing. Metal strong. Projectile is disarmed, drill hole through the paper section of the wood fuze. Recovered: Camden, South Carolina.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 104.


Artillery 3322 smooth side Blakely 3.67in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Blakely design, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with smooth sides, copper cup sabot secured with rectangle post, wood fuze, Confederate rifled 6 pounder or 20 pounder, 3.67in.
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. Shell is smooth sided, rounded nose, interior is segmented in star shape to facilitate fragmentation. A lathe dimple in the base, and a casting sprue on the nose are usually noted. This pattern may have been Confederate experimental, it would have been difficult to manufacture and used a lot of copper, which was in short supply, consequently its use was limited. Fuze employed was a wood time fuze, Jones Fuzes pg. 2, fuze hole is smooth and tapered, the simple to make fuze could easily be hammered into place. Projectile measures: diameter 3.6in., length 9.25in., excluding the fuze, weight not determined.
Artillery 3322 smooth side Blakely 3.67in., Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 132.

A2173...Rifled artillery projectile, Blakely design, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with smooth sides, copper cup sabot secured with rectangle post, wood fuze, Confederate rifled 6 pounder or 20 pounder, 3.67in.
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. Shell is smooth sided, rounded nose, interior is segmented in star shape to facilitate fragmentation. A lathe dimple in the base, and a casting sprue on the nose are usually noted. This pattern may have been Confederate experimental, it would have been difficult to manufacture and used a lot of copper, which was in short supply, consequently its use was limited. Fuze employed was a wood time fuze, Jones Fuzes pg. 2, fuze hole is smooth and tapered, the simple to make fuze could easily be hammered into place. Projectile measures: diameter 3.6in., length 9.25in., excluding the fuze, weight not determined.
Artillery 3322 smooth side Blakely 3.67in., Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 132.

Projectile measures: diameter 3.6in., length 9.25in., excluding the fuze, weight not determined. Fired sabot is partial. Wood fuze missing. Metal strong. Projectile is disarmed, open fuze hole exposes empty interior. Recovered: Camden, South Carolina.


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