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


Civil War Artillery
by Harry Ridgeway

Rifled artillery projectile, Brooke design, 4.2in.
Artillery 3530 Brooke 4.2in.

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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 30 pounder rifle, 4.2in. Caliber of the gun is 4.2in., 5 grooves, (apparently copied from Federal 30 opounder), projectile diameter should measure 4.1 in. approximately, variations will be found.


Artillery 3531 Brooke shell ratchet disc 4.2in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Brooke design, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, smooth sided pattern, copper ratchet disc sabot, copper time fuze, Confederate 30 pounder rifle, 4.2in.
Projectile was Confederate manufactured following John Brooke 's design. The sabot system utilized was a copper disc held in place by ratchet ribs cast into both the heavy sabot and shell body, and secured with a center bolt, a manufacturing innovation allowing the parts made of different metals, copper and iron, to be prepared independent and assembled at the end. Sides of this pattern are smooth, bourrelet rings were used for the larger calibers but not this pattern. Fuze employed was a copper percussion fuze, Jones, Fuzes, pg. 52 and sequence. Projectile measures: diameter 4.1in., length 13.in. excluding fuze, weight 27lbs.
Artillery 3531 Brooke shell ratchet disc 4.2in., Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 157.

A0142...Rifled artillery projectile, Brooke design, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, smooth sided pattern, copper ratchet disc sabot, copper time fuze, Confederate 30 pounder rifle, 4.2in.
Projectile was Confederate manufactured following John Brooke 's design. The sabot system utilized was a copper disc held in place by ratchet ribs cast into both the heavy sabot and shell body, and secured with a center bolt, a manufacturing innovation allowing the parts made of different metals, copper and iron, to be prepared independent and assembled at the end. Sides of this pattern are smooth, bourrelet rings were used for the larger calibers but not this pattern. Fuze employed was a copper percussion fuze, Jones, Fuzes, pg. 52 and sequence. Projectile measures: diameter 4.1in., length 13.in. excluding fuze, weight 27lbs.
Artillery 3531 Brooke shell ratchet disc 4.2in., Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 157.

Projectile measures: diameter 4.1in., length 13.0in. (excluding fuze), weight 27.0lbs. Heavy copper disc sabot is fired, but barely took the rifling. Sabot and sabot bolt are intact, bolt is removable and may be replacement. Copper time fuze intact. Metal solid with areas of pitting. Projectile is disarmed, drill hole through paper section of time fuze. Recovered: Bermuda Hundred, Virginia, 1974 by Mac Mason.


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