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by Harry Ridgeway

Rifled artillery projectile, Selma Arsenal design, 3.3in.
Artillery 5610 Selma 3.3in.

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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:
Confederate rifle, 3.25.in., to 3.4in. Intended caliber or calibers are uncertain, this range of sizes describes Confederate cannons larger than 3in. and smaller than 3.5in. These rifles may have been the result of Confederate developmental attempts to modify six pounder smoothbores to add rifling. The variation in sizes may be explained as various designs and sizes were modified to add sleeves or cut grooves or some combination of both. None of these designs appear to have been successful, groove count seems to vary, most projectiles in this size range are either unfired or the sabots failed to take the rifling. Projectile diameter should measure .1in. to .15in.smaller than the bore, many variations will be found.


Artillery 5611 Selma 3.3in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Selma Arsenal design, Confederate Selma manufacture, solid bolt, pattern with bourreleted rings, rounded nose, short pattern, copper disc sabot, Confederate rifle, 3.3in.
Projectile is Confederate manufactured at the arsenal at Selma, Alabama. The pattern utilized a thick copper disc sabot cast around a clover leaf post on the bottom of the shell. Most production was originally stamped with "G" denoting Selma, the stamping is usually on the sabot but is sometimes weak. This pattern utilized two bourrelet rings, as a labor saving device, only the rings had to be accurately machined, the rest could be left rough. Nose is pointed, twine was placed in the groove above the sabot. Projectile measures: diameter 3.27in., length 6.75in., weight 11.lb.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 316.

A0100...Rifled artillery projectile, Selma Arsenal design, Confederate Selma manufacture, solid bolt, pattern with bourreleted rings, rounded nose, short pattern, copper disc sabot, Confederate rifle, 3.3in.
Projectile is Confederate manufactured at the arsenal at Selma, Alabama. The pattern utilized a thick copper disc sabot cast around a clover leaf post on the bottom of the shell. Most production was originally stamped with "G" denoting Selma, the stamping is usually on the sabot but is sometimes weak. This pattern utilized two bourrelet rings, as a labor saving device, only the rings had to be accurately machined, the rest could be left rough. Nose is pointed, twine was placed in the groove above the sabot. Projectile measures: diameter 3.27in., length 6.75in., weight 11.lb. Sabot is not fired and intact, Selma mark "G" is weak on the sabot. Projectile is disarmed: casting is solid iron. Recovered: Oconee River cache, Milledgeville, Georgia.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 316.

A1519...Rifled artillery projectile, Selma Arsenal design, Confederate Selma manufacture, solid bolt, pattern with bourreleted rings, rounded nose, short pattern, copper disc sabot, Confederate rifle, 3.3in.
Projectile is Confederate manufactured at the arsenal at Selma, Alabama. The pattern utilized a thick copper disc sabot cast around a clover leaf post on the bottom of the shell. Most production was originally stamped with "G" denoting Selma, the stamping is usually on the sabot but is sometimes weak. This pattern utilized two bourrelet rings, as a labor saving device, only the rings had to be accurately machined, the rest could be left rough. Nose is pointed, twine was placed in the groove above the sabot. Projectile measures: diameter 3.27in., length 6.75in., weight 11.lb. Sabot is not fired and intact, Selma mark "G" is weak on the sabot. Projectile is disarmed: casting is solid iron. Recovered: Oconee River cache, Milledgeville, Georgia.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 316.

A1520...Rifled artillery projectile, Selma Arsenal design, Confederate Selma manufacture, solid bolt, pattern with bourreleted rings, rounded nose, short pattern, copper disc sabot, Confederate rifle, 3.3in.
Projectile is Confederate manufactured at the arsenal at Selma, Alabama. The pattern utilized a thick copper disc sabot cast around a clover leaf post on the bottom of the shell. Most production was originally stamped with "G" denoting Selma, the stamping is usually on the sabot but is sometimes weak. This pattern utilized two bourrelet rings, as a labor saving device, only the rings had to be accurately machined, the rest could be left rough. Nose is pointed, twine was placed in the groove above the sabot. Projectile measures: diameter 3.27in., length 6.75in., weight 11.lb. Sabot is not fired and intact, Selma mark "G" is weak on the sabot. Projectile is disarmed: casting is solid iron. Recovered: Oconee River cache, Milledgeville, Georgia.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 316.

A1521...Rifled artillery projectile, Selma Arsenal design, Confederate Selma manufacture, solid bolt, pattern with bourreleted rings, rounded nose, short pattern, copper disc sabot, Confederate rifle, 3.3in.
Projectile is Confederate manufactured at the arsenal at Selma, Alabama. The pattern utilized a thick copper disc sabot cast around a clover leaf post on the bottom of the shell. Most production was originally stamped with "G" denoting Selma, the stamping is usually on the sabot but is sometimes weak. This pattern utilized two bourrelet rings, as a labor saving device, only the rings had to be accurately machined, the rest could be left rough. Nose is pointed, twine was placed in the groove above the sabot. Projectile measures: diameter 3.27in., length 6.75in., weight 11.lb. Sabot is not fired and intact, Selma mark "G" is weak on the sabot. Projectile is disarmed: casting is solid iron. Recovered: Oconee River cache, Milledgeville, Georgia.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 316.

A1901...Rifled artillery projectile, Selma Arsenal design, Confederate Selma manufacture, solid bolt, pattern with bourreleted rings, rounded nose, short pattern, copper disc sabot, Confederate rifle, 3.3in.
Projectile is Confederate manufactured at the arsenal at Selma, Alabama. The pattern utilized a thick copper disc sabot cast around a clover leaf post on the bottom of the shell. Most production was originally stamped with "G" denoting Selma, the stamping is usually on the sabot but is sometimes weak. This pattern utilized two bourrelet rings, as a labor saving device, only the rings had to be accurately machined, the rest could be left rough. Nose is pointed, twine was placed in the groove above the sabot. Projectile measures: diameter 3.27in., length 6.75in., weight 11.lb. Sabot is not fired and intact, Selma mark "G" is weak on the sabot. Projectile is disarmed: casting is solid iron. Recovered: Oconee River cache, Milledgeville, Georgia.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 316.


Artillery 5612 Selma 3.3in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Selma Arsenal design, Confederate Selma manufacture, solid bolt, pattern with bourreleted rings, pointed nose, long pattern, copper disc sabot, Confederate rifle, 3.3in.
Projectile is Confederate manufactured at the arsenal at Selma, Alabama. The pattern utilized a thick copper disc sabot cast around a clover leaf post on the bottom of the shell. Most production was originally stamped with "G" denoting Selma, the stamping is usually on the sabot but is sometimes weak. This pattern utilized two bourrelet rings, as a labor saving device, only the rings had to be accurately machined, the rest could be left rough. Nose is pointed, twine was placed in the groove above the sabot. Projectile measures: diameter 3.21in., length 8.5in. (approximate, with nose chip), weight 10.2lbs.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), not listed.

A0643...Rifled artillery projectile, Selma Arsenal design, Confederate Selma manufacture, solid bolt, pattern with bourreleted rings, pointed nose, long pattern, copper disc sabot, Confederate rifle, 3.3in.
Projectile is Confederate manufactured at the arsenal at Selma, Alabama. The pattern utilized a thick copper disc sabot cast around a clover leaf post on the bottom of the shell. Most production was originally stamped with "G" denoting Selma, the stamping is usually on the sabot but is sometimes weak. This pattern utilized two bourrelet rings, as a labor saving device, only the rings had to be accurately machined, the rest could be left rough. Nose is pointed, twine was placed in the groove above the sabot. Projectile measures: diameter 3.21in., length 8.5in. (approximate, with nose chip), weight 10.2lbs. Sabot is not fired and intact, Selma mark "G" is weak on the sabot. Metal is solid, chip off nose. Projectile is disarmed: casting is solid iron. Recovered: Snyder's Bluff , Mississippi.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), not listed.


Artillery 5615 Selma 3.3in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Selma Arsenal design, Confederate Selma manufacture, solid bolt, pattern with bourreleted rings, pointed nose, long pattern, copper disc sabot, wood time fuze, Confederate rifle, 3.3in.
Projectile is Confederate manufactured at the arsenal at Selma, Alabama. The pattern utilized a thick copper disc sabot cast around a clover leaf post on the bottom of the shell. Most production was originally stamped with "G" denoting Selma, the stamping is usually on the sabot but is sometimes weak. This pattern utilized two bourrelet rings, as a labor saving device, only the rings had to be accurately machined, the rest could be left rough. Nose is pointed, twine was placed in the groove above the sabot. Fuze employed was a wood time fuze, fuze hole is smooth and tapered, the simple to make fuze could easily be hammered into place, Jones Fuzes pg. 2. Projectile measures: diameter 3.25in., length 8.25in., weight 11lbs.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 318.

A1727...Rifled artillery projectile, Selma Arsenal design, Confederate Selma manufacture, solid bolt, pattern with bourreleted rings, pointed nose, long pattern, copper disc sabot, wood time fuze, Confederate rifle, 3.3in.
Projectile is Confederate manufactured at the arsenal at Selma, Alabama. The pattern utilized a thick copper disc sabot cast around a clover leaf post on the bottom of the shell. Most production was originally stamped with "G" denoting Selma, the stamping is usually on the sabot but is sometimes weak. This pattern utilized two bourrelet rings, as a labor saving device, only the rings had to be accurately machined, the rest could be left rough. Nose is pointed, twine was placed in the groove above the sabot. Fuze employed was a wood time fuze, fuze hole is smooth and tapered, the simple to make fuze could easily be hammered into place, Jones Fuzes pg. 2.. Projectile measures: diameter 3.25in., length 8.25in., weight 11lbs. Sabot is fired showing weak lands and grooves, distortion from firing and is intact. Wood fuze is missing, smooth tapered hole. Projectile is disarmed: open fuze hole exposes empty interior. Recovered: not determined.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 318.


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