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


Civil War Artillery
by Harry Ridgeway

Confederate copper time fuze, smoothbore balls
Artillery 8000 Fuze Confederate ball

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.


Confederate time fuze, smoothbore ball
The Confederate copper time fuze adaptor was the Confederate answer to the Federal Bormann time fuze. Fuze was installed and tightened with two spanner holes. This relatively simple fuze was activated by setting a paper fuze in the center hole, the paper would ignite upon firing, burn time would be predetermined by the concentration of flammable product in the paper fuze. Bottom of fuze was milled, there is a great deal of milling variation in the shape of the bottom, as these fuzes were apparently produced by many different small manufacturers. Small hole in the base was intended for "case" shot, the idea being that less powder is in a case shot ball, and the small hole would reduce the risk of a blowout. Short fuze was generally intended for Confederate small caliber balls. Fuze measures: length 1.4in., body diameter .98in., flange diameter 1.2in., 12 threads per inch.
Ref: Jones Fuze pg. 38.

A0182.1...Confederate time fuze, smoothbore ball
The Confederate copper time fuze adaptor was the Confederate answer to the Federal Bormann time fuze. Fuze was installed and tightened with two spanner holes. This relatively simple fuze was activated by setting a paper fuze in the center hole, the paper would ignite upon firing, burn time would be predetermined by the concentration of flammable product in the paper fuze. Bottom of fuze was milled, there is a great deal of milling variation in the shape of the bottom, as these fuzes were apparently produced by many different small manufacturers. Small hole in the base was intended for "case" shot, the idea being that less powder is in a case shot ball, and the small hole would reduce the risk of a blowout. Short fuze was generally intended for Confederate small caliber balls. Fuze measures: length 1.4in., body diameter .98in., flange diameter 1.2in., 12 threads per inch. Recovered: Shenandoah Valley 1864 campaign, Virginia, by Harry Ridgeway.
Ref: Jones Fuze pg. 38.
Ridgeway collection, Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia

A0182.2...Confederate time fuze, smoothbore ball
The Confederate copper time fuze adaptor was the Confederate answer to the Federal Bormann time fuze. Fuze was installed and tightened with two spanner holes. This relatively simple fuze was activated by setting a paper fuze in the center hole, the paper would ignite upon firing, burn time would be predetermined by the concentration of flammable product in the paper fuze. Bottom of fuze was milled, there is a great deal of milling variation in the shape of the bottom, as these fuzes were apparently produced by many different small manufacturers. Small hole in the base was intended for "case" shot, the idea being that less powder is in a case shot ball, and the small hole would reduce the risk of a blowout. Short fuze was generally intended for Confederate small caliber balls. Fuze measures: length 1.4in., body diameter .98in., flange diameter 1.2in., 12 threads per inch. Recovered: Shenandoah Valley 1864 campaign, Virginia, by Harry Ridgeway.
Ref: Jones Fuze pg. 38.
Ridgeway collection, Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia

A0182.3...Confederate time fuze, smoothbore ball
The Confederate copper time fuze adaptor was the Confederate answer to the Federal Bormann time fuze. Fuze was installed and tightened with two spanner holes. This relatively simple fuze was activated by setting a paper fuze in the center hole, the paper would ignite upon firing, burn time would be predetermined by the concentration of flammable product in the paper fuze. Bottom of fuze was milled, there is a great deal of milling variation in the shape of the bottom, as these fuzes were apparently produced by many different small manufacturers. Small hole in the base was intended for "case" shot, the idea being that less powder is in a case shot ball, and the small hole would reduce the risk of a blowout. Short fuze was generally intended for Confederate small caliber balls. Fuze measures: length 1.4in., body diameter .98in., flange diameter 1.2in., 12 threads per inch. Recovered: Shenandoah Valley 1864 campaign, Virginia, by Harry Ridgeway.
Ref: Jones Fuze pg. 38.
Ridgeway collection, Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia

A0182.4...Confederate time fuze, smoothbore ball
The Confederate copper time fuze adaptor was the Confederate answer to the Federal Bormann time fuze. Fuze was installed and tightened with two spanner holes. This relatively simple fuze was activated by setting a paper fuze in the center hole, the paper would ignite upon firing, burn time would be predetermined by the concentration of flammable product in the paper fuze. Bottom of fuze was milled, there is a great deal of milling variation in the shape of the bottom, as these fuzes were apparently produced by many different small manufacturers. Small hole in the base was intended for "case" shot, the idea being that less powder is in a case shot ball, and the small hole would reduce the risk of a blowout. Short fuze was generally intended for Confederate small caliber balls. Fuze measures: length 1.4in., body diameter .98in., flange diameter 1.2in., 12 threads per inch. Recovered: Shenandoah Valley 1864 campaign, Virginia, by Harry Ridgeway.
Ref: Jones Fuze pg. 38.
Ridgeway collection, Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia

A0183...Confederate time fuze, smoothbore ball
The Confederate copper time fuze adaptor was the Confederate answer to the Federal Bormann time fuze. Fuze was installed and tightened with two spanner holes. This relatively simple fuze was activated by setting a paper fuze in the center hole, the paper would ignite upon firing, burn time would be predetermined by the concentration of flammable product in the paper fuze. Bottom of fuze was milled, there is a great deal of milling variation in the shape of the bottom, as these fuzes were apparently produced by many different small manufacturers. Small hole in the base was intended for "case" shot, the idea being that less powder is in a case shot ball, and the small hole would reduce the risk of a blowout. Short fuze was generally intended for Confederate small caliber balls. Fuze measures: length 1.4in., body diameter .98in., flange diameter 1.2in., 12 threads per inch. Recovered: Shenandoah Valley 1864 campaign, Virginia, by Harry Ridgeway.
Ref: Jones Fuze pg. 38.
Ridgeway collection, Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia

A2211...Confederate time fuze, smoothbore ball
The Confederate copper time fuze adaptor was the Confederate answer to the Federal Bormann time fuze. Fuze was installed and tightened with two spanner holes. This relatively simple fuze was activated by setting a paper fuze in the center hole, the paper would ignite upon firing, burn time would be predetermined by the concentration of flammable product in the paper fuze. Bottom of fuze was milled, there is a great deal of milling variation in the shape of the bottom, as these fuzes were apparently produced by many different small manufacturers. Small hole in the base was intended for "case" shot, the idea being that less powder is in a case shot ball, and the small hole would reduce the risk of a blowout. Short fuze was generally intended for Confederate small caliber balls. Fuze measures: length 1.4in., body diameter .98in., flange diameter 1.2in., 12 threads per inch.
Ref: Jones Fuze pg. 38.

A2656...Confederate time fuze, smoothbore ball
The Confederate copper time fuze adaptor was the Confederate answer to the Federal Bormann time fuze. Fuze was installed and tightened with two spanner holes. This relatively simple fuze was activated by setting a paper fuze in the center hole, the paper would ignite upon firing, burn time would be predetermined by the concentration of flammable product in the paper fuze. Bottom of fuze was milled, there is a great deal of milling variation in the shape of the bottom, as these fuzes were apparently produced by many different small manufacturers. Small hole in the base was intended for "case" shot, the idea being that less powder is in a case shot ball, and the small hole would reduce the risk of a blowout. Short fuze was generally intended for Confederate small caliber balls. Fuze measures: length 1.4in., body diameter .98in., flange diameter 1.2in., 12 threads per inch.
Ref: Jones Fuze pg. 38.

A2657...Confederate time fuze, smoothbore ball
The Confederate copper time fuze adaptor was the Confederate answer to the Federal Bormann time fuze. Fuze was installed and tightened with two spanner holes. This relatively simple fuze was activated by setting a paper fuze in the center hole, the paper would ignite upon firing, burn time would be predetermined by the concentration of flammable product in the paper fuze. Bottom of fuze was milled, there is a great deal of milling variation in the shape of the bottom, as these fuzes were apparently produced by many different small manufacturers. Small hole in the base was intended for "case" shot, the idea being that less powder is in a case shot ball, and the small hole would reduce the risk of a blowout. Short fuze was generally intended for Confederate small caliber balls. Fuze measures: length 1.4in., body diameter .98in., flange diameter 1.2in., 12 threads per inch.
Ref: Jones Fuze pg. 38.

A2658...Confederate time fuze, smoothbore ball
The Confederate copper time fuze adaptor was the Confederate answer to the Federal Bormann time fuze. Fuze was installed and tightened with two spanner holes. This relatively simple fuze was activated by setting a paper fuze in the center hole, the paper would ignite upon firing, burn time would be predetermined by the concentration of flammable product in the paper fuze. Bottom of fuze was milled, there is a great deal of milling variation in the shape of the bottom, as these fuzes were apparently produced by many different small manufacturers. Small hole in the base was intended for "case" shot, the idea being that less powder is in a case shot ball, and the small hole would reduce the risk of a blowout. Short fuze was generally intended for Confederate small caliber balls. Fuze measures: length 1.4in., body diameter .98in., flange diameter 1.2in., 12 threads per inch.
Ref: Jones Fuze pg. 38.

A2659...Confederate time fuze, smoothbore ball, arsenal mark"F".
The Confederate copper time fuze adaptor was the Confederate answer to the Federal Bormann time fuze. Fuze was installed and tightened with two spanner holes. This relatively simple fuze was activated by setting a paper fuze in the center hole, the paper would ignite upon firing, burn time would be predetermined by the concentration of flammable product in the paper fuze. Bottom of fuze was milled, there is a great deal of milling variation in the shape of the bottom, as these fuzes were apparently produced by many different small manufacturers. Small hole in the base was intended for "case" shot, the idea being that less powder is in a case shot ball, and the small hole would reduce the risk of a blowout. Short fuze was generally intended for Confederate small caliber balls. Fuze measures: length 1.4in., body diameter .98in., flange diameter 1.2in., 12 threads per inch. Fuze is marked on the bottom, "F", presumed to be an arsenal inspector mark.
Ref: Jones Fuze pg. 38.


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