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


Civil War Artillery
by Harry Ridgeway

Rifled artillery projectile, Parrott design with Confederate adaptation, 3in.
Artillery 4750 Parrott Confederate 3in.

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 rifle, 3.in. Caliber of the gun is 3.0in., 7 grooves, (apparently copied from Federal 3 in. Ordnance rifle), projectile diameter should measure 2.94 in. approximately, variations will be found.
Confederate rifle, 3.in. Caliber of the gun is 3.0in., 12 grooves, projectile diameter should measure 2.94 in. approximately, variations will be found.


Artillery 4751 Parrott Confederate bolt 3in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Parrott design with Confederate adaptation, Confederate manufacture, solid bolt, pattern with flat nose smooth sides, copper high band ring sabot, Confederate rifle, 3in.
Projectile was Confederate manufactured during the war apparently an attempt to copy Parrott design This pattern utilized a flat top and smooth sides with a high band sabot similar to a bolt manufactured for the north. The casting is extremely crude and bears a prominent casting sprue on the bottom. Projectile measures: diameter 2.95in., length 6.25in. (excluding fuze), weight 8.1lb. Projectile measures: diameter 2.83in., length 5.875in., weight 8.1lbs.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition)., not listed.

A0590...Rifled artillery projectile, Parrott design with Confederate adaptation, Confederate manufacture, solid bolt, pattern with flat nose smooth sides, copper high band ring sabot, Confederate rifle, 3in.
Projectile was Confederate manufactured during the war apparently an attempt to copy Parrott's design This pattern utilized a flat top and smooth sides with a high band sabot similar to a bolt manufactured for the north. The casting is extremely crude and bears a prominent casting sprue on the bottom. Projectile measures: diameter 2.95in., length 6.25in. (excluding fuze), weight 8.1lb. Projectile measures: diameter 2.83in., length 5.875in., weight 8.1lbs. High band sabot is not fired. Metal quality solid, casting sprue is prominent. Projectile is disarmed, solid iron casting never had a cavity or bursting charge. Recovered: Savannah, Georgia.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition)., not listed.


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