Ridgeway Civil War Research Center,
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Civil War Artillery
by Harry Ridgeway

Rifled artillery projectile, Britten design, 5.8in.
Artillery 3450 Britten 5.8in.

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:
Rifled 24 pounder gun, 5.82in. Caliber of the gun is 5.82in., 6 grooves, projectile diameter should measure 5.78in. approximately, variations will be found.


Artillery 3451 Britten Confederate adaptation 5.8in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Britten design with Confederate adaptation, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with short tapered nose, lead cup sabot, wood fuze, Confederate rifled 24 pounder, 5.8in.
Projectile was manufactured in the Confederacy following the English Britten design. Manufacturing details suggesting Confederate manufacture include the relatively rough casting, mill marks on the base are prominent and crude, and it has a wood fuze. Confederate foundry is believed to have been Eason Brothers, Charleston South Carolina. All have been recovered from Charleston. The design employed a large lead cup sabot. Cast for wood fuze . Projectile measures: diameter 5.8in., length 9in. (excluding fuze), weight 28lb. (missing sabot).
Artillery 3451 Britten Confederate adaptation 5.8in., Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 147.

A2266...Rifled artillery projectile, Britten design with Confederate adaptation, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with short tapered nose, lead cup sabot, wood fuze, Confederate rifled 24 pounder, 5.8in.
Projectile was manufactured in the Confederacy following the English Britten design. Manufacturing details suggesting Confederate manufacture include the relatively rough casting, mill marks on the base are prominent and crude, and it has a wood fuze. Confederate foundry is believed to have been Eason Brothers, Charleston South Carolina. All have been recovered from Charleston. The design employed a large lead cup sabot. Cast for wood fuze. Projectile measures: diameter 5.8in., length 9in. (excluding fuze), weight 28lb. (missing sabot). Sabot is fired and is missing, part of sabot may have survived the firing, however the lead sabot contained some zinc and was completely corroded and consumed by the harsh Charleston environment. Wood fuze is partial. Projectile was recovered from wet ground and has been conserved. Projectile is disarmed, drill hole through the paper section of the time fuze. Recovered: Charleston, South Carolina.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 147.

A2267...Rifled artillery projectile, Britten design with Confederate adaptation, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with short tapered nose, lead cup sabot, wood fuze, Confederate rifled 24 pounder, 5.8in.
Projectile was manufactured in the Confederacy following the English Britten design. Manufacturing details suggesting Confederate manufacture include the relatively rough casting, mill marks on the base are prominent and crude, and it has a wood fuze. Confederate foundry is believed to have been Eason Brothers, Charleston South Carolina. All have been recovered from Charleston. The design employed a large lead cup sabot. Cast for wood fuze . Projectile measures: diameter 5.8in., length 9in. (excluding fuze), weight 28lb. (missing sabot).
Artillery 3451 Britten Confederate adaptation 5.8in., Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 147.

Projectile measures: diameter 5.8in., length 9in. (excluding fuze), weight 27.5lb. (missing sabot). Sabot is fired and is missing, part of sabot may have survived the firing, however the lead sabot contained some zinc and was completely corroded and consumed by the harsh Charleston environment. Wood fuze is partial. Metal is stable, projectile was recovered from wet ground and has been conserved. Projectile is disarmed, drill hole through the paper section of the time fuze. Recovered: Charleston, South Carolina.

A2390...Rifled artillery projectile, Britten design with Confederate adaptation, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with short tapered nose, lead cup sabot, wood fuze, Confederate rifled 24 pounder, 5.8in.
Projectile was manufactured in the Confederacy following the English Britten design. Manufacturing details suggesting Confederate manufacture include the relatively rough casting, mill marks on the base are prominent and crude, and it has a wood fuze. Confederate foundry is believed to have been Eason Brothers, Charleston South Carolina. All have been recovered from Charleston. The design employed a large lead cup sabot. Cast for wood fuze. Projectile measures: diameter 5.8in., length 9in. (excluding fuze), weight not determined. (missing sabot). Sabot is fired and is missing, part of sabot may have survived the firing, however the lead sabot contained some zinc and was completely corroded and consumed by the harsh Charleston environment. Wood fuze is partial. Metal significantly pitted, all were recovered from the Charleston marshes, this one was not treated and most of the original surface is lost. Projectile is disarmed, drill hole through the paper section of the time fuze. Recovered: Charleston, South Carolina.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 147.


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