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


Civil War Artillery
by Harry Ridgeway

Artillery, other projectiles
Artillery 7000 other projectiles

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.


A1907...Armstrong shell, approx 4.7 in.
British made Armstrong sleeved shell, massive lead sleeve sabot, shell fuze is unknown. Fired sabot shows many lands and grooves. Projectile measures: diameter 4.7 in., length 10.25 in., weight 42 lbs. Projectile is disarmed, turns out the fuze hole was just mud, projectile was empty. Recovered: not known.


A1913...French studded projectile, 3.3 in.
This French design employed a series of studs to ride the rifling. Shell is cast for a threaded fuse. The French were active in Mexico during the Civil War. Projectile measures: diameter 3.3 in. length 6.5 in. Recovered: not known.
Ref: Melton & Pawl pg. 257.


A1914...French studded projectile, 3.3 in.
This French design employed a series of studs to ride the rifling. Shell is cast for a threaded fuse. The French were active in Mexico during the Civil War. Projectile measures: diameter 3.3 in. length 6.5 in. Recovered: not known.
Ref: Melton & Pawl pg. 257.


A0741...Unknown 200 pounder Armour punching bolt
So far this bolt has everybody confused. It is 8 inch diameter so presumably for 200 pounder. There are four copper flanges that are part of the sabot and are cast well into the side of the shell, there are 9 flanges underneath, this example is fired showing 9 lands and grooves, the nose is concave (reverse of the usual pointed nose, the base is recessed, this is a ring sabot of some sort. Best guess is this is slightly later than the Civil War and is a test round. However the sabot is so unique, if you have the time to research the patent literature, this mystery ought to be solvable. Projectile measures: diameter 8 inches. Projectile is disarmed, casting is solid iron. Recovered: North Carolina defenses many years ago.


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