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Civil War Artillery
by Harry Ridgeway

Rifled artillery projectile, Tennessee design, 5.8 in.
Artillery 5870 Tennessee 5.8in.


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:
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 5871 Tennessee 5.8in.
Rifled artillery projectile, Tennessee design, Confederate manufacture, solid bolt, short pattern with smooth sides, copper disc sabot with 3 studs in the sabot, rifled 24 pounder rifle, 5.8 in.
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 II, employed three short studs cast into the sabot and fitted into holes drilled on the bottom of the shell, then secured with a center bolt. Performance of this sabot was unsatisfactory, typically the studs or the bolt would break on firing releasing or distorting the copper disc sabot. Projectile measures: diameter 5.76in., length 8.5in. (excluding fuze), weight 33lbs., with partial sabot.
Ref: Bell Heavy Ordnance, pg. 410.

A0818...Rifled artillery projectile, Tennessee design, Confederate manufacture, solid bolt, short pattern with smooth sides, copper disc sabot with 3 studs in the sabot, rifled 24 pounder rifle, 5.8 in.
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 II, employed three short studs cast into the sabot and fitted into holes drilled on the bottom of the shell, then secured with a center bolt. Performance of this sabot was unsatisfactory, typically the studs or the bolt would break on firing releasing or distorting the copper disc sabot. Projectile measures: diameter 3.6in., length 8.5in. (excluding fuze), weight 29.8lbs., with partial sabot. Sabot is fired showing 5 weak lands and grooves, distortion from firing and is partial. Metal is stable, projectile recovered from wet ground and has been treated. Projectile is disarmed: solid iron casting never had a cavity or bursting charge. Recovered: Folly Beach, near Charleston, South Carolina.
Ref: Bell Heavy Ordnance, pg. 410.

Before restoration:

A0989...Rifled artillery projectile, Tennessee design, Confederate manufacture, solid bolt, short pattern with smooth sides, copper disc sabot with 3 studs in the sabot, rifled 24 pounder rifle, 5.8 in.
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 II, employed three short studs cast into the sabot and fitted into holes drilled on the bottom of the shell, then secured with a center bolt. Performance of this sabot was unsatisfactory, typically the studs or the bolt would break on firing releasing or distorting the copper disc sabot. Projectile measures: diameter 5.7in., length 8in. (excluding sabot), weight 26.8lbs, sabot missing. Sabot is missing. Metal is stable, projectile recovered from wet ground and has been treated. Projectile is disarmed: solid iron casting never had a cavity or bursting charge. Recovered: Folly Beach, near Charleston, South Carolina.
Ref: Bell Heavy Ordnance, pg. 410.

Before restoration:
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A1108...Rifled artillery projectile, Tennessee design, Confederate manufacture, solid bolt, short pattern with smooth sides, copper disc sabot with 3 studs in the sabot, rifled 24 pounder rifle, 5.8 in.
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 II, employed three short studs cast into the sabot and fitted into holes drilled on the bottom of the shell, then secured with a center bolt. Performance of this sabot was unsatisfactory, typically the studs or the bolt would break on firing releasing or distorting the copper disc sabot. Projectile measures: diameter 5.76in., length 8.5in. (excluding fuze), weight 33lbs., with partial sabot. Sabot is fired showing 5 weak lands and grooves, distortion from firing and is partial. Metal is stable, projectile recovered from wet ground and has been treated. Projectile is disarmed: solid iron casting never had a cavity or bursting charge. Recovered: Folly Beach, near Charleston, South Carolina.
Ref: Bell Heavy Ordnance, pg. 410.

A1266...Rifled artillery projectile, Tennessee design, Confederate manufacture, solid bolt, short pattern with smooth sides, copper disc sabot with 3 studs in the sabot, rifled 24 pounder rifle, 5.8 in.
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 II, employed three short studs cast into the sabot and fitted into holes drilled on the bottom of the shell, then secured with a center bolt. Performance of this sabot was unsatisfactory, typically the studs or the bolt would break on firing releasing or distorting the copper disc sabot. Projectile measures: diameter 5.76in., length 8.5in. (excluding fuze), weight 30lb, with partial sabot. Sabot is fired showing 5 weak lands and grooves, distortion from firing and is partial. Metal is stable, projectile recovered from wet ground and has been treated. Projectile is disarmed: solid iron casting never had a cavity or bursting charge. Recovered: Folly Beach, near Charleston, South Carolina.
Ref: Bell Heavy Ordnance, pg. 410.


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