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Civil War Artillery
by Harry Ridgeway

Rifled artillery projectile, Schenkl design, Confederate alteration, 4.2 in.
Artillery 5430 Schenkl Confederate, 4.2in.

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 30 pounder rifle, 4.2in. Caliber of the gun is 4.2in., 5 grooves, (apparently copied from Federal 30 opounder), projectile diameter should measure 4.1 in. approximately, variations will be found.


Artillery 5431 Schenkl Confederate, 4.2in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Schenkl design, Federal manufacture, Confederate alteration 4.5in. shell milled to 4.2in., bursting shell, long pattern, paper sleeve sabot, Confederate time fuze, Confederate 30 pounder, 4.2 in.
Projectile was originally manufactured in the Federal arsenals, and was intended for the Ordnance 4.5 in siege gun. The Confederates milled it to fit a 30 pounder rifle (4.2in) and installed a Confederate time fuze. Apparently they considered that a 30 pounder was more available than a 4.5in. seige gun. Fuze employed was a Confederate copper time fuze, two spanner holes, Jones pg. 41. Projectile measures: diameter 4.1in., as milled, length 12.5in. (excluding the fuze), weight 24lbs.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 366., confederate variant

A0173...Rifled artillery projectile, Schenkl design, Federal manufacture, Confederate alteration 4.5in. shell milled to 4.2in., bursting shell, long pattern, paper sleeve sabot, Confederate time fuze, Confederate 30 pounder, 4.2 in.
Projectile was originally manufactured in the Federal arsenals, and was intended for the Ordnance 4.5 in siege gun. The Confederates milled it to fit a 30 pounder rifle (4.2in) and installed a Confederate time fuze. Apparently they considered that a 30 pounder was more available than a 4.5in. seige gun. Fuze employed was a Confederate copper time fuze, two spanner holes, Jones pg. 41. Projectile measures: diameter 4.1in., as milled, length 12.5in. (excluding the fuze), weight 23.8lbs. Confederate copper time fuze is intact. Metal is rough but stable. Projectile is disarmed, drill hole through the paper section of the time fuze. Recovered: Richmond Petersburg, Virginia campaign.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 366., confederate variant


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