Ridgeway Civil War Research Center,
A virtual examination of artifacts of the American Civil War


Civil War Artillery
by Harry Ridgeway

Civil War rockets
Artillery 6300 rockets

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.


Hale rocket, 2.25 in.
This was the first military attempt at rocketry and not surprisingly it was a total failure. The rockets were launched from a simple launcher and used a solid fuel, heavy in sulfur. There also was no warhead, just this light nose serving as a bolt. Weight and balance was not well understood so the rocket tended to fly erratically and may have terrorized the launch crew more than the enemy. Rocket measures: diameter 2.25in. length 13.5in. All have been recovered: from Seven Pines, Virginia, 1862 Peninsula campaign.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 504.

A0127...Hale rocket, 2.25 in.
This was the first military attempt at rocketry and not surprisingly it was a total failure. The rockets were launched from a simple launcher and used a solid fuel, heavy in sulfur. There also was no warhead, just this light nose serving as a bolt. Weight and balance was not well understood so the rocket tended to fly erratically and may have terrorized the launch crew more than the enemy. Rocket measures: diameter 2.25in. length 13.5in. All have been recovered: from Seven Pines, Virginia, 1862 Peninsula campaign. This example is whole and complete, some holes in the combustion chamber, the yellow is sulfur compound remaining, now water damaged and inert. Recovered: from Seven Pines, Virginia, 1862 Peninsula campaign.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 504.

A1757...Hale rocket, 2.25 in.
This was the first military attempt at rocketry and not surprisingly it was a total failure. The rockets were launched from a simple launcher and used a solid fuel, heavy in sulfur. There also was no warhead, just this light nose serving as a bolt. Weight and balance was not well understood so the rocket tended to fly erratically and may have terrorized the launch crew more than the enemy. Rocket measures: diameter 2.25in. length 13.5in. All have been recovered: from Seven Pines, Virginia, 1862 Peninsula campaign. This example is whole and complete, the yellow is sulfur compound remaining, now water damaged and inert. Recovered: from Seven Pines, Virginia, 1862 Peninsula campaign.
Ref: Dickey & George, Field Artillery (1993 Edition), pg. 504.


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