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Civil War Artillery

by Harry Ridgeway


Rifled artillery projectile, Broun design, 7 in.
Artillery 3640 Broun 7in.
DRAFT.

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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:
Brooke rifle, 7in. Caliber of the gun is 7.0in., 7 grooves, projectile diameter should measure 6.9in. approximately, variations will be found.

Artillery 3641 Broun bolt 7in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Broun design, Confederate manufacture, solid bolt, long pattern with bourrelet rings and blunt nose, copper ring sabot, Brooke rifle, 7 in.
Projectile was Confederate manufactured following William Broun's design. The sabot system utilized was a thin copper band sabot, notched into the base of the projectile. This pattern projectile utilized a wide bourrelet band at the top, the sabot was slightly larger than the rest of the projectile and served as a second bourrelet, as a labor saving device, only the rings had to be accurately machined, the rest could be left rough. The top is only slightly rounded, this flat top was designed to deliver maximum impact against the Federal ironclads. Projectile measures: diameter 6.9in., length 13.5in. weight 120lbs.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 201.

A0111...Rifled artillery projectile, Broun design, Confederate manufacture, solid bolt, long pattern with bourrelet rings and blunt nose, copper ring sabot, Brooke rifle, 7 in.
Projectile was Confederate manufactured following William Broun's design. The sabot system utilized was a thin copper band sabot, notched into the base of the projectile. This pattern projectile utilized a wide bourrelet band at the top, the sabot was slightly larger than the rest of the projectile and served as a second bourrelet, as a labor saving device, only the rings had to be accurately machined, the rest could be left rough. The top is only slightly rounded, this flat top was designed to deliver maximum impact against the Federal ironclads. Projectile measures: diameter 6.9in., length 13.5in. weight 120lbs. Heavy high band sabot is un-fired. Metal solid with some pitting, sabot intact. projectile disarmed, solid iron casting never had a cavity or bursting charge. Recovered: Mobile Alabama defenses.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 201.

A2589...Rifled artillery projectile, Broun design, Confederate manufacture, solid bolt, long pattern with bourrelet rings and blunt nose, copper ring sabot, Brooke rifle, 7 in.
Projectile was Confederate manufactured following William Broun's design. The sabot system utilized was a thin copper band sabot, notched into the base of the projectile. This pattern projectile utilized a wide bourrelet band at the top, the sabot was slightly larger than the rest of the projectile and served as a second bourrelet, as a labor saving device, only the rings had to be accurately machined, the rest could be left rough. The top is only slightly rounded, this flat top was designed to deliver maximum impact against the Federal ironclads. Projectile measures: diameter 6.9in., length 13.5in. weight 120lbs.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 201.

Projectile measures: diameter 6.9in., length 13.5in. weight 120lbs. Heavy high band sabot is un-fired. Metal solid with some pitting, sabot intact. projectile disarmed, solid iron casting never had a cavity or bursting charge. Recovered: Mobile Alabama defenses.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 201.

A2663...Rifled artillery projectile, Broun design, Confederate manufacture, solid bolt, long pattern with bourrelet rings and blunt nose, copper ring sabot, Brooke rifle, 7 in.
Projectile was Confederate manufactured following William Broun's design. The sabot system utilized was a thin copper band sabot, notched into the base of the projectile. This pattern projectile utilized a wide bourrelet band at the top, the sabot was slightly larger than the rest of the projectile and served as a second bourrelet, as a labor saving device, only the rings had to be accurately machined, the rest could be left rough. The top is only slightly rounded, this flat top was designed to deliver maximum impact against the Federal ironclads. Projectile measures: diameter 6.9in., length 13.5in. weight 120lbs. Heavy high band sabot is un-fired. Metal solid with some pitting, sabot intact. projectile disarmed, solid iron casting never had a cavity or bursting charge. Recovered: Mobile Alabama defenses.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 201.


Artillery 3642 Broun shell 7in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Broun design, Confederate manufacture, bursting projectile, long pattern with bourrelet rings and rounded nose, copper ring sabot, wood time fuze, Brooke rifle, 7 in.
Projectile was Confederate manufactured following William Broun's design. The sabot system utilized was a thin copper band sabot, notched into the base of the projectile. This pattern projectile utilized a wide bourrelet band at the top, the sabot was slightly larger than the rest of the projectile and served as a second bourrelet, as a labor saving device, only the rings had to be accurately machined, the rest could be left rough. The top is rounded. 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 6.9in., length 16in. weight 100lbs.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 202.

A0112...Rifled artillery projectile, Broun design, Confederate manufacture, bursting projectile, long pattern with bourrelet rings and rounded nose, copper ring sabot, wood time fuze, Brooke rifle, 7 in.
Projectile was Confederate manufactured following William Broun's design. The sabot system utilized was a thin copper band sabot, notched into the base of the projectile. This pattern projectile utilized a wide bourrelet band at the top, the sabot was slightly larger than the rest of the projectile and served as a second bourrelet, as a labor saving device, only the rings had to be accurately machined, the rest could be left rough. The top is rounded. 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 6.9in., length 16in. weight 100lbs.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 202.

Projectile measures: diameter 6.9in., length 16in. weight 100lbs. Heavy high band sabot is un-fired. Metal solid with some pitting, sabot intact, fuze missing, this nondug example was apparently displayed as a war trophy. projectile disarmed, open fuze hole exposes empty interior. Recovered: Mobile Alabama.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 202., (actual item published).

A2588...Rifled artillery projectile, Broun design, Confederate manufacture, bursting projectile, long pattern with bourrelet rings and rounded nose, copper ring sabot, wood time fuze, Brooke rifle, 7 in.
Projectile was Confederate manufactured following William Broun's design. The sabot system utilized was a thin copper band sabot, notched into the base of the projectile. This pattern projectile utilized a wide bourrelet band at the top, the sabot was slightly larger than the rest of the projectile and served as a second bourrelet, as a labor saving device, only the rings had to be accurately machined, the rest could be left rough. The top is rounded. 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 6.9in., length 16in. weight 100lbs. Heavy high band sabot is un-fired. Metal solid with some pitting, sabot intact, fuze missing, this nondug example was apparently displayed as a war trophy. projectile disarmed, open fuze hole exposes empty interior. Recovered: Mobile Alabama.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 202.


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