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Civil War Artillery
by Harry Ridgeway

Rifled artillery projectile, Selma Arsenal design, 6.4in.
Artillery 5650 Selma 6.4in.

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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 rifled 32 pounder gun, 6.4in. Caliber of the gun is 6.4in., 5 grooves, projectile diameter should measure 6.3in. approximately, variations will be found.
Confederate rifled 32 pounder gun, 6.4in. Caliber of the gun is 6.4in., 10 grooves, projectile diameter should measure 6.3in. approximately, variations will be found.
Confederate rifled 32 pounder gun, 6.4in. Caliber of the gun is 6.4in., 13 grooves, projectile diameter should measure 6.3in. approximately, variations will be found.


Artillery 5651 Selma 6.4in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Selma Arsenal design, Confederate Selma manufacture, solid bolt, "tear drop" pattern with single bourreleted ring, pointed nose, copper disc sabot, Confederate rifled 32 pounder, 6.4in.
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, referred to as the "tear drop" design, utilized a single bourrelet ring and sharply pointed nose. Projectile measures: diameter 6.3in., length 8.5in. (excluding fuze), weight 43.6lbs.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 386.

A0350...Rifled artillery projectile, Selma Arsenal design, Confederate Selma manufacture, solid bolt, "tear drop" pattern with single bourreleted ring, pointed nose, copper disc sabot, Confederate rifled 32 pounder, 6.4in.
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, referred to as the "tear drop" design, utilized a single bourrelet ring and sharply pointed nose. Projectile measures: diameter 6.3in., length 8.5in. (excluding fuze), weight 43.6lbs. Sabot is fired showing 7 lands and grooves, distortion from firing and is partial. Selma arsenal mark "G" is clearly visible on the sabot. Projectile is disarmed: casting is solid iron. Recovered: Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 386.


Artillery 5652 Selma 6.4in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Selma Arsenal design, Confederate Selma manufacture, solid bolt, pattern with bourreleted rings, copper disc sabot, Confederate rifled 32 pounder, 6.4in.
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. Projectile measures: diameter 6.3in., length 10in. approximately, weight 64lbs., missing most of sabot.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 387.

A0851...Rifled artillery projectile, Selma Arsenal design, Confederate Selma manufacture, solid bolt, pattern with bourreleted rings, copper disc sabot, Confederate rifled 32 pounder, 6.4in.
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. Projectile measures: diameter 6.3in., length 10in. approximately, weight 64lbs., missing most of sabot. Sabot is fired most of the sabot separated on firing and is missing. Metal is solid, minor areas of pitting. Projectile is disarmed: casting is solid iron. Recovered: not determined.
Ref: Bell, Heavy Ordnance, pg. 387., this is the example published.


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