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Civil War Artillery
by Harry Ridgeway

Rifled artillery projectile, Tennessee design, 3.5in.
Artillery 5830 Tennessee 3.5in.

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:
Blakely 12 pounder rifle, 3.5in. Caliber of the gun is 3.5in., 7 grooves, projectile diameter should measure 3.43 in. approximately, variations will be found.


Artillery 5831 Tennessee 3.5in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Tennessee design, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with, rounded nose smooth sides, copper disc sabot with 3 studs in the shell and flush mounted bolt, wood time fuze, Blakeley 12 pounder rifle, 3.5in.
Projectile was Confederate manufactured and was originally believed to have been developed by Mullane working with Read and others, however, updated research has not been able to confirm the existence of a man named Mullane. Period literature often refers to work as the "Tennessee" design, cup, or sabot, and is attributed to Captain Lardner Gibbon, although official recognition for his development was never granted. The sabot system utilized was a copper disc held in place by studs and secured with a center bolt, a manufacturing innovation allowing the parts made of different metals, copper and iron, to be prepared independent and assembled at the end. This sabot pattern, referred to as Type I, employed three long studs cast into the shell body fitted through the disc sabot, a short bolt secured the copper disc flush mounted. Performance of this sabot was unsatisfactory, typically the studs or the bolt would break on firing releasing or distorting the copper disc sabot. Sides are smooth. 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 3.4in., length 6.5in. shell body, 7.25 overall weight 11.0lbs.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 211.

A0063...Rifled artillery projectile, Tennessee design, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with, rounded nose smooth sides, copper disc sabot with 3 studs in the shell and flush mounted bolt, wood time fuze, Blakeley 12 pounder rifle, 3.5in.
Projectile was Confederate manufactured and was originally believed to have been developed by Mullane working with Read and others, however, updated research has not been able to confirm the existence of a man named Mullane. Period literature often refers to work as the "Tennessee" design, cup, or sabot, and is attributed to Captain Lardner Gibbon, although official recognition for his development was never granted. The sabot system utilized was a copper disc held in place by studs and secured with a center bolt, a manufacturing innovation allowing the parts made of different metals, copper and iron, to be prepared independent and assembled at the end. This sabot pattern, referred to as Type I, employed three long studs cast into the shell body fitted through the disc sabot, a short bolt secured the copper disc flush mounted. Performance of this sabot was unsatisfactory, typically the studs or the bolt would break on firing releasing or distorting the copper disc sabot. Sides are smooth. 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 3.4in., length 6.5in. shell body, 7.25 overall weight 11.0lbs. Sabot is fired showing 7 lands and grooves, and is intact. Wood fuze is missing. Projectile is disarmed: open fuze hole exposes empty interior. Recovered: Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 211.

A1852...Rifled artillery projectile, Tennessee design, Confederate manufacture, bursting shell, pattern with, rounded nose smooth sides, copper disc sabot with 3 studs in the shell and flush mounted bolt, wood time fuze, Blakeley 12 pounder rifle, 3.5in.
Projectile was Confederate manufactured and was originally believed to have been developed by Mullane working with Read and others, however, updated research has not been able to confirm the existence of a man named Mullane. Period literature often refers to work as the "Tennessee" design, cup, or sabot, and is attributed to Captain Lardner Gibbon, although official recognition for his development was never granted. The sabot system utilized was a copper disc held in place by studs and secured with a center bolt, a manufacturing innovation allowing the parts made of different metals, copper and iron, to be prepared independent and assembled at the end. This sabot pattern, referred to as Type I, employed three long studs cast into the shell body fitted through the disc sabot, a short bolt secured the copper disc flush mounted. Performance of this sabot was unsatisfactory, typically the studs or the bolt would break on firing releasing or distorting the copper disc sabot. Sides are smooth. 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 3.4in., length 6.5in. shell body, 7.25 overall weight not determined. Sabot is fired showing 7 lands and grooves, and is intact. Wood fuze is missing. Projectile is disarmed: open fuze hole exposes empty interior. Recovered: Fredericksburg, Virginia.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 211.


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