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Civil War Artillery
by Harry Ridgeway

Rifled artillery projectile, Britten design, 3.67 in.
Artillery 3430 Britten 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.
Rifled 6 pounder gun, 3.67in. Caliber of the gun is 3.67in., 7 grooves, projectile diameter should measure 3.62in. approximately, variations will be found.


Artillery 3431 Britten bolt from Georgiana 3.67in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Britten design, English manufacture, solid bolt, long pattern recovered Georgiana blockade runner, lead cup sabot, rifle, 3.67 in.
Projectile was manufactured by the English and exported to the American conflict, either side could purchase them, but primary use was southern. The design follows Britten's English patent, employing a lead cup sabot with a counter bulge or large concave teat that extends beyond the bottom. There is a ring around the nose, purpose is not determined. This tall pattern of Britten was being shipped to the Confederacy on the blockade runner "Georgiana" which was sunk off the coast of South Carolina, all were lost at the time. Projectile measures: diameter 3.6in., length 8in. (excluding fuze), weight 17.5lbs. , weight is approximate.
Artillery 3431 Britten bolt from Georgiana 3.67in., Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 120.

A0034...Rifled artillery projectile, Britten design, English manufacture, solid bolt, long pattern recovered Georgiana blockade runner, lead cup sabot, rifle, 3.67 in.
Projectile was manufactured by the English and exported to the American conflict, either side could purchase them, but primary use was southern. The design follows Britten's English patent, employing a lead cup sabot with a counter bulge or large concave teat that extends beyond the bottom. There is a ring around the nose, purpose is not determined. This tall pattern of Britten was being shipped to the Confederacy on the blockade runner "Georgiana" which was sunk off the coast of South Carolina, all were lost at the time. Projectile measures: diameter 3.6in., length 8in. (excluding fuze), weight 17.5lbs. , weight is approximate.
Artillery 3431 Britten bolt from Georgiana 3.67in., Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 120.

Projectile measures: diameter 3.6in., length 8in. (excluding fuze), weight 17.5lbs. The extensive surface damage is due to sea water corrosion, although this one is better than most. Projectile is disarmed, solid iron casting with no cavity or bursting charge. Recovered: Georgiana shipwreck.


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