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

Civil War Artillery
by Harry Ridgeway

Rifled artillery projectile, Read 5.8in.
Artillery 5160 Read 5.8in.

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:
Rifled 24 pounder gun, 5.82in. is caliber of the gun, 6 grooves, projectile diameter should measure 5.78in. approximately, variations will be noted.

Artillery 5161 Read shell experimental 5.8in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Read design, prewar manufacture, bursting shell, experimental pattern with flanges, sabot system with air vents and flanges, blind fuze plug, rifled 24 pounder gun, 5.8in.
Apparently this was an experimental shell developed by Dr Read in collaboration with James. The shell is cast with six thin flanges, air holes are positioned on the bottom beneath the flanges, the idea was that the firing would expand the flanges into rifling. The shell was equipped with a blind fuze plug and has an empty cavity, the sabot system was being tested and as it failed, development of this pattern was abandoned before a fusing and bursting system were attempted. Projectile has 6 precast flanges and bottom vent holes. Projectile measures: diameter 5.7in., length9.5in., weight 34lbs.
Reference: Bell Heavy Ordnance, page 340.

Projectile measures: diameter 5.7in., length9.5in., weight 34lbs. Metal is solid. Recovered: Fort Monroe test range, this is the onlyexample known.
Reference: Bell Heavy Ordnance, page 340, actual example published.

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