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


Civil War Artillery

by Harry Ridgeway


Rifled artillery projectile, Confederate modification of Dahlgren design, 6.4in.
Artillery 3860 Dahlgren Confederate 6.4in.

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:
Confederate rifled 32 pounder gun, 6.4in. Caliber of the gun is 6.4in., 5 grooves, projectile diameter should measure 6.3in. approximately, variations will be found.

Artillery 3861 Dahlgren Confederate 6.4in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Confederate modification of Dahlgren design, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, Confederate watercap fuze, lead cup sabot, rifled 32 pounder gun, 6.4in.
Projectile was manufactured in a Confederate arsenal loosely following the design of John Dahlgren. The pattern employed a lead cup sabot. The bottom of the projectile was flat, the ribbing from the Federal design was not copied. Grooves were chiseled through the bourrelet rings. Fuze is Confederate Navy watercap, Jones pg. 19. Projectile measures: diameter 6.3in., length 11.75in. (excluding fuze), weight 48lbs. without sabot.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance pg. 217.

A0802...Rifled artillery projectile, Confederate modification of Dahlgren design, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, Confederate watercap fuze, lead cup sabot, rifled 32 pounder gun, 6.4in.
Projectile was manufactured in a Confederate arsenal loosely following the design of John Dahlgren. The pattern employed a lead cup sabot. The bottom of the projectile was flat, the ribbing from the Federal design was not copied. Grooves were chiseled through the bourrelet rings. Fuze is Confederate Navy watercap, Jones pg. 19. Projectile measures: diameter 6.3in., length 11.75in. (excluding fuze), weight 48lbs. without sabot. Sabot separated on firing and is missing. Confederate watercap time fuze intact. Metal is stable, projectile recovered from wet ground but has not been treated. Projectile is disarmed: drill hole through through the side. Recovered: Charleston, South Carolina.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance pg. 217.


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