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Civil War Artillery
by Harry Ridgeway

Rifled artillery projectile, Selma Arsenal design, 5.8 in.
Artillery 5640 Selma 5.8in.

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


Artillery 5641 Selma 5.8in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Selma Arsenal design, Confederate Selma manufacture, solid bolt, pattern with bourreleted rings, copper disc sabot, Confederate rifled 24 pounder, 5.8 in.
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. Pattern is relatively short, was intended for the 24 pounder smoothbores, refurbished and rifled. Projectile measures: diameter 5.72in., length 9.25in. (excluding fuze), weight 41.3lbs.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 384.

A0333...Rifled artillery projectile, Selma Arsenal design, Confederate Selma manufacture, solid bolt, pattern with bourreleted rings, copper disc sabot, Confederate rifled 24 pounder, 5.8 in.
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. Pattern is relatively short, was intended for the 24 pounder smoothbores, refurbished and rifled. Projectile measures: diameter 5.72in., length 9.25in. (excluding fuze), weight 41.3lbs. Sabot is fired showing 6 lands and grooves, distortion from firing and is intact. Selma mark "G" is fully visible. Projectile is disarmed: casting is solid iron. Recovered: Vicksburg, Mississippi Mississippi.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 384.

A1728...Rifled artillery projectile, Selma Arsenal design, Confederate Selma manufacture, solid bolt, pattern with bourreleted rings, copper disc sabot, Confederate rifled 24 pounder, 5.8 in.
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. Pattern is relatively short, was intended for the 24 pounder smoothbores, refurbished and rifled. Projectile measures: diameter 5.72in., length 9.25in. (excluding fuze), weight 40lbs. approx. Sabot is fired showing 6 lands and grooves, distortion from firing and is partial. Selma mark "G" is fully visible. Projectile is disarmed: casting is solid iron. Recovered: Port Hudson, Louisiana.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 384.


Artillery 5645 Selma 5.8in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Selma Arsenal design, Confederate Selma manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with bourreleted rings, threaded fuze, copper disc sabot, Confederate rifled 24 pounder, 5.8in.
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 bourrelet rings. Fuze employed was a threaded fuze. Projectile measures: diameter 5.72in., overall length 9.75in., shell body only 9.25in., weight 38.4lb.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 385.

A1166...Rifled artillery projectile, Selma Arsenal design, Confederate Selma manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with bourreleted rings, threaded fuze, copper disc sabot, Confederate rifled 24 pounder, 5.8in.
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 bourrelet rings. Fuze employed was a threaded fuze. Projectile measures: diameter 5.72in., overall length 9.75in., shell body only 9.25in., weight 38.4lb. Sabot is torn and rolled back but did not separate. Threaded fuze is missing, shell was recovered without a fuze. It is possible this shell was fired with a wood fuze jammed into the fuze hole, or fired without a fuze, and the damage to sabot occurred during firing. Alternately the shell in this odd caliber could have been scrapped due to lack of availability of a gun to fire it, and this represented an aborted attempt to salvage the copper from the sabot. Projectile is disarmed: open fuze hole exposes empty interior. Recovered: Port Hudson Louisiana by Emile Mancuso.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 385.

A2388...Rifled artillery projectile, Selma Arsenal design, Confederate Selma manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with bourreleted rings, threaded fuze, copper disc sabot, Confederate rifled 24 pounder, 5.8in.
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 bourrelet rings. Fuze employed was a threaded fuze. Projectile measures: diameter 5.72in., overall length 9.75in., shell body only 9.25in., weight not determined. Sabot is torn away leaving only the center around the post. Threaded fuze is missing, shell was recovered without a fuze. It is possible this shell was fired with a wood fuze jammed into the fuze hole, or fired without a fuze, and the damage to sabot occurred during firing. Alternately the shell in this odd caliber could have been scrapped due to lack of availability of a gun to fire it. Metal is solid, minor areas of pitting. Projectile is disarmed: open fuze hole exposes empty interior. Recovered: Port Hudson Louisiana.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 385.


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