Ridgeway Civil War Research Center,
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Civil War Artillery
by Harry Ridgeway

Rifled artillery projectile, Read design, 2.6in.
Artillery 5010 Read 2.6in.

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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:
Wiard 6 pounder rifle, 2.6in.
Caliber of the gun is 2.6in., 8 grooves, projectile diameter should measure 2.5 in. approximately, variations will be noted.
Confederate rifle, 2.6in. Caliber of the gun is 2.6in., grooves not determined, (may have been a copy of Wiard 6 pounder), projectile diameter should measure 2.5 in. approximately, variations will be noted.


Artillery 5015 Read 2.6in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Read design, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with smooth sides, copper ring sabot, wood time fuze, Confederate unknown rifle, 2.6in.
Projectile was Confederate manufactured during the war. Read developed this copper sabot, it was more flexible than the earlier wrought iron sabot. A smooth sided long shell was produced by both sides, this Confederate version is distinguished by a lathe dimple in the base, a casting sprue on the nose, and the smooth sides were finished by turning on a lathe. Copper ring sabot is flush with the shell, seated in a deep groove well inside of the iron base, ring was cast thin leaving a small edge at the bottom. 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. Shell measures: diameter 2.6in., length 7.25in. (excluding fuze), weight 6.4lbs.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 237.

A0075...

Shell measures: diameter 2.6in., length 7.25in. (excluding fuze), weight6.4lbs. Sabot is not fired. Wood timefuze missing. Metal quality is solid. Shell is disarmed, open fuze holeexposes empty interior. Recovered: cache found at Adams Run,Charleston, South Carolina.

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Shell measures: diameter 2.55in.,length 7.4in., weight to bedetermined. Sabot is not fired. Wood time fuze missing. Metal quality is solid. Shell is disarmed, open fuze holeexposes empty interior. Recovered: cache found at Adams Run,Charleston, South Carolina.


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