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Civil War Artillery
by Harry Ridgeway

Rifled artillery projectile, Confederate adaptation of Parrott sabot design, 7in.
Artillery 4770 Parrott Confederate 7in.

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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 4777 Parrott Confederate bolt 7in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Confederate adaptation of Parrott sabot design, Confederate manufacture, solid bolt, long pattern with bourrelet rings and blunt nose, Confederate Brooke rifle, 7in.
Projectile was Confederate manufactured following design features from the bolts with bourrelet rings and blunt nose, but adapting the Parrott designed sabot system. The bolt with slightly rounded blunt nose and bourrelet rings was a design intended to challenge the Federal ironclad, and this body design was employed on several patterns by Brooke, Tennessee, and Broun. The sabot system is virtually identical to the Parrott high band notched system, flat bottom, nearly squared notches along the outer edge, with a high band ring sabot. So far none of these shells have been recovered with the band sabot intact, but the notching size and shape is very close to the high band sabots used on Parrott 100 pounders. Projectile measures: diameter 6.9in., length 12.5in. (no sabot), weight 101lbs.
Ref: Bell Heavy Ordnance, pg. 304.

A0761...Rifled artillery projectile, Confederate adaptation of Parrott sabot design, Confederate manufacture, solid bolt, long pattern with bourrelet rings and blunt nose, Confederate Brooke rifle, 7in.

Projectile was Confederate manufactured following design features from the bolts with bourrelet rings and blunt nose, but adapting the Parrott designed sabot system. The bolt with slightly rounded blunt nose and bourrelet rings was a design intended to challenge the Federal ironclad, and this body design was employed on several patterns by Brooke, Tennessee, and Broun. The sabot system is virtually identical to the Parrott high band notched system, flat bottom, nearly squared notches along the outer edge, with a high band ring sabot. So far none of these shells have been recovered with the band sabot intact, but the notching size and shape is very close to the high band sabots used on Parrott 100 pounders. Projectile measures: diameter 6.9in., length 12.5in. (no sabot), weight 101lbs. High band sabot separated on firing and is missing, there are no known examples with sabot. Metal stable, projectile was recovered from wet ground and has been conserved. Projectile is disarmed, solid casting never had a cavity or a bursting charge. Recovered: Charleston, South Carolina, "Long Island", which is near Folly Beach.
Ref: Bell Heavy Ordnance, pg. 304.

A1077...Rifled artillery projectile, Confederate adaptation of Parrott sabot design, Confederate manufacture, solid bolt, long pattern with bourrelet rings and blunt nose, Confederate Brooke rifle, 7in.
Projectile was Confederate manufactured following design features from the bolts with bourrelet rings and blunt nose, but adapting the Parrott designed sabot system. The bolt with slightly rounded blunt nose and bourrelet rings was a design intended to challenge the Federal ironclad, and this body design was employed on several patterns by Brooke, Tennessee, and Broun. The sabot system is virtually identical to the Parrott high band notched system, flat bottom, nearly squared notches along the outer edge, with a high band ring sabot. So far none of these shells have been recovered with the band sabot intact, but the notching size and shape is very close to the high band sabots used on Parrott 100 pounders. Projectile measures: diameter 6.9in., length 12.5in. (no sabot), weight 102lbs. High band sabot separated on firing and is missing, there are no known examples with sabot. Metal stable, projectile was recovered from wet ground and has been conserved. Projectile is disarmed, solid casting never had a cavity or a bursting charge. Recovered: Charleston, South Carolina, "Long Island", which is near Folly Beach.
Ref: Bell Heavy Ordnance, pg. 304.


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