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


Civil War Artillery
by Harry Ridgeway

Bormann time fuze
Artillery 8400 Fuze Bormann

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.


Bormann time fuze, Federal manufacture, double wrench slot, .75 second starting point, "US" marked
Fuze was manufactured in the Federal arsenals. The Bormann time fuze is made of white metal mixture of lead and zinc, with a burn time ranging from .75 seconds to 5.5 seconds. The gunner could set the burn time by punching a hole exposing the internal horseshoe shaped burn channel, the flame from firing would ignite flammable materials in the burn channel. There is a removable section on the underside of the fuze to load the burn material. Federal manufacture is distinguished by .75 second starting point. This model features a double wrench slot for tightening. Fuze is arsenal marked "US", the "S" is backwards. Fuze was intended for use primarily in smoothbore balls of field caliber, but is occasionally found in rifled projectiles or large caliber balls. Fuze measures: diameter 1.6in.
Ref: Jones, Fuzes, pg.23 upper right.

A0769...Bormann time fuze, Federal manufacture, double wrench slot, .75 second starting point, "US" marked
Fuze was manufactured in the Federal arsenals. The Bormann time fuze is made of white metal mixture of lead and zinc, with a burn time ranging from .75 seconds to 5.5 seconds. The gunner could set the burn time by punching a hole exposing the internal horseshoe shaped burn channel, the flame from firing would ignite flammable materials in the burn channel. There is a removable section on the underside of the fuze to load the burn material. Federal manufacture is distinguished by .75 second starting point. This model features a double wrench slot for tightening. Fuze is arsenal marked "US", the "S" is backwards. Fuze was intended for use primarily in smoothbore balls of field caliber, but is occasionally found in rifled projectiles or large caliber balls. Fuze measures: diameter 1.6in.
Ref: Jones, Fuzes, pg.23 upper right.
Ridgeway collection, Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia


Bormann time fuze, Confederate manufacture, single wrench slot, .5 second starting point, unthreaded top lip
Fuze is Confederate manufacture. The Bormann time fuze is made of white metal mixture of lead and zinc, with a burn time ranging from .5 seconds to 5.5 seconds. The gunner could set the burn time by punching a hole exposing the internal horseshoe shaped burn channel, the flame from firing would ignite flammable materials in the burn channel. There is a removable section on the underside of the fuze to load the burn material. Confederate manufacture is distinguished by .5 second starting point. This model features a single wrench slot for tightening, along with an unthreaded lip at the top, presumably to enable it to be tightened by hand without a wrench. Fuze was intended for use primarily in smoothbore balls of field caliber, but is occasionally found in rifled projectiles or large caliber balls. Fuze measures: diameter 1.6in.
Ref: Jones, Fuzes, pg.26 upper left.

A1935...Bormann time fuze, Confederate manufacture, single wrench slot, .5 second starting point, unthreaded top lip
A1935.jpg (33218 bytes) A1935B.jpg (30291 bytes) A1935C.jpg (22357 bytes) Fuze is Confederate manufacture. The Bormann time fuze is made of white metal mixture of lead and zinc, with a burn time ranging from .5 seconds to 5.5 seconds. The gunner could set the burn time by punching a hole exposing the internal horseshoe shaped burn channel, the flame from firing would ignite flammable materials in the burn channel. There is a removable section on the underside of the fuze to load the burn material. Confederate manufacture is distinguished by .5 second starting point. This model features a single wrench slot for tightening, along with an unthreaded lip at the top, presumably to enable it to be tightened by hand without a wrench. Fuze was intended for use primarily in smoothbore balls of field caliber, but is occasionally found in rifled projectiles or large caliber balls. Fuze measures: diameter 1.6in. Dug fuze is punched, most numbers are readable, unthreaded lip is definite, bottom is missing exposing the channel. Recovered: not known.
Ref: Jones, Fuzes, pg.26 upper left.
Ridgeway collection, Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia

A2563...Bormann time fuze, Confederate manufacture, single wrench slot, .5 second starting point, unthreaded top lip
Fuze is Confederate manufacture. The Bormann time fuze is made of white metal mixture of lead and zinc, with a burn time ranging from .5 seconds to 5.5 seconds. The gunner could set the burn time by punching a hole exposing the internal horseshoe shaped burn channel, the flame from firing would ignite flammable materials in the burn channel. There is a removable section on the underside of the fuze to load the burn material. Confederate manufacture is distinguished by .5 second starting point. This model features a single wrench slot for tightening, along with an unthreaded lip at the top, presumably to enable it to be tightened by hand without a wrench. Fuze was intended for use primarily in smoothbore balls of field caliber, but is occasionally found in rifled projectiles or large caliber balls. Fuze measures: diameter 1.6in. Dug fuze is punched and is from an exploded shell, hole in the center was apparently used to insert a paper time fuze as an alternate means of ignition. Recovered: not known.
Ref: Jones, Fuzes, pg.26 upper left.


Bormann time fuze, Federal manufacture, single wrench slot, .75 second starting point
Fuze was manufactured in the Federal arsenals. The Bormann time fuze is made of white metal mixture of lead and zinc, with a burn time ranging from .75 seconds to 5.5 seconds. The gunner could set the burn time by punching a hole exposing the internal horseshoe shaped burn channel, the flame from firing would ignite flammable materials in the burn channel. There is a removable section on the underside of the fuze to load the burn material. Federal manufacture is distinguished by .75 second starting point. This model features a single wrench slot for tightening. Fuze is not arsenal marked. Fuze was intended for use primarily in smoothbore balls of field caliber, but is occasionally found in rifled projectiles or large caliber balls. Fuze measures: diameter 1.6in.
Ref: Jones, Fuzes, pg.22.


A0180...Bormann time fuze, Federal manufacture, single wrench slot, .75 second starting point
Fuze was manufactured in the Federal arsenals. The Bormann time fuze is made of white metal mixture of lead and zinc, with a burn time ranging from .75 seconds to 5.5 seconds. The gunner could set the burn time by punching a hole exposing the internal horseshoe shaped burn channel, the flame from firing would ignite flammable materials in the burn channel. There is a removable section on the underside of the fuze to load the burn material. Federal manufacture is distinguished by .75 second starting point. This model features a single wrench slot for tightening. Fuze is not arsenal marked. Fuze was intended for use primarily in smoothbore balls of field caliber, but is occasionally found in rifled projectiles or large caliber balls. Fuze measures: diameter 1.6in. Recovered: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia by Baker
Ref: Jones, Fuzes, pg.22.
Ridgeway collection, Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia

A2304...Bormann time fuze, Federal manufacture, single wrench slot, .75 second starting point
Fuze was manufactured in the Federal arsenals. The Bormann time fuze is made of white metal mixture of lead and zinc, with a burn time ranging from .75 seconds to 5.5 seconds. The gunner could set the burn time by punching a hole exposing the internal horseshoe shaped burn channel, the flame from firing would ignite flammable materials in the burn channel. There is a removable section on the underside of the fuze to load the burn material. Federal manufacture is distinguished by .75 second starting point. This model features a single wrench slot for tightening. Fuze is not arsenal marked. Fuze was intended for use primarily in smoothbore balls of field caliber, but is occasionally found in rifled projectiles or large caliber balls. Fuze measures: diameter 1.6in. Dug fuze is un-punched, numbers are definite. Recovered: Harpers Ferry, Virginia, now West Virginia.
Ref: Jones, Fuzes, pg.22.

A2564...Bormann time fuze, Federal manufacture, single wrench slot, .75 second starting point
Fuze was manufactured in the Federal arsenals. The Bormann time fuze is made of white metal mixture of lead and zinc, with a burn time ranging from .75 seconds to 5.5 seconds. The gunner could set the burn time by punching a hole exposing the internal horseshoe shaped burn channel, the flame from firing would ignite flammable materials in the burn channel. There is a removable section on the underside of the fuze to load the burn material. Federal manufacture is distinguished by .75 second starting point. This model features a single wrench slot for tightening. Fuze is not arsenal marked. Fuze was intended for use primarily in smoothbore balls of field caliber, but is occasionally found in rifled projectiles or large caliber balls. Fuze measures: diameter 1.6in. Dug fuze is punched, bottom channel plug is missing. Recovered: not known.
Ref: Jones, Fuzes, pg.22.

A2787...Bormann time fuze, Federal manufacture, single wrench slot, .75 second starting point
Fuze was manufactured in the Federal arsenals. The Bormann time fuze is made of white metal mixture of lead and zinc, with a burn time ranging from .75 seconds to 5.5 seconds. The gunner could set the burn time by punching a hole exposing the internal horseshoe shaped burn channel, the flame from firing would ignite flammable materials in the burn channel. There is a removable section on the underside of the fuze to load the burn material. Federal manufacture is distinguished by .75 second starting point. This model features a single wrench slot for tightening. Fuze is not arsenal marked. Fuze was intended for use primarily in smoothbore balls of field caliber, but is occasionally found in rifled projectiles or large caliber balls. Fuze measures: diameter 1.6in.
Ref: Jones, Fuzes, pg.22.

A2788...Bormann time fuze, Federal manufacture, single wrench slot, .75 second starting point
Fuze was manufactured in the Federal arsenals. The Bormann time fuze is made of white metal mixture of lead and zinc, with a burn time ranging from .75 seconds to 5.5 seconds. The gunner could set the burn time by punching a hole exposing the internal horseshoe shaped burn channel, the flame from firing would ignite flammable materials in the burn channel. There is a removable section on the underside of the fuze to load the burn material. Federal manufacture is distinguished by .75 second starting point. This model features a single wrench slot for tightening. Fuze is not arsenal marked. Fuze was intended for use primarily in smoothbore balls of field caliber, but is occasionally found in rifled projectiles or large caliber balls. Fuze measures: diameter 1.6in. Dug fuze is un-punched, many of the numbers are readable.
Ref: Jones, Fuzes, pg.22.


Bormann time fuze, Federal manufacture, double wrench slot, .75 second starting point
Fuze was manufactured in the Federal arsenals. The Bormann time fuze is made of white metal mixture of lead and zinc, with a burn time ranging from .75 seconds to 5.5 seconds. The gunner could set the burn time by punching a hole exposing the internal horseshoe shaped burn channel, the flame from firing would ignite flammable materials in the burn channel. There is a removable section on the underside of the fuze to load the burn material. Federal manufacture is distinguished by .75 second starting point. This model features a double wrench slot for tightening. Fuze is not arsenal marked. Fuze was intended for use primarily in smoothbore balls of field caliber, but is occasionally found in rifled projectiles or large caliber balls. Fuze measures: diameter 1.6in.
Ref: Jones, Fuzes, pg.23 lower.

A2565...Bormann time fuze, Federal manufacture, double wrench slot, .75 second starting point
Fuze was manufactured in the Federal arsenals. The Bormann time fuze is made of white metal mixture of lead and zinc, with a burn time ranging from .75 seconds to 5.5 seconds. The gunner could set the burn time by punching a hole exposing the internal horseshoe shaped burn channel, the flame from firing would ignite flammable materials in the burn channel. There is a removable section on the underside of the fuze to load the burn material. Federal manufacture is distinguished by .75 second starting point. This model features a double wrench slot for tightening. Fuze is not arsenal marked. Fuze was intended for use primarily in smoothbore balls of field caliber, but is occasionally found in rifled projectiles or large caliber balls. Fuze measures: diameter 1.6in. Dug fuze is punched, fuze is from exploded shell, under channel plug is missing. Recovered: not known.
Ref: Jones, Fuzes, pg.23 lower.

A2686.2...Bormann time fuze, Federal manufacture, double wrench slot, .75 second starting point
Fuze was manufactured in the Federal arsenals. The Bormann time fuze is made of white metal mixture of lead and zinc, with a burn time ranging from .75 seconds to 5.5 seconds. The gunner could set the burn time by punching a hole exposing the internal horseshoe shaped burn channel, the flame from firing would ignite flammable materials in the burn channel. There is a removable section on the underside of the fuze to load the burn material. Federal manufacture is distinguished by .75 second starting point. This model features a double wrench slot for tightening. Fuze is not arsenal marked. Fuze was intended for use primarily in smoothbore balls of field caliber, but is occasionally found in rifled projectiles or large caliber balls. Fuze measures: diameter 1.6in. Fuze intact, most numbers readable, threads good enough to use, this was cut out of a rough shell. Recovered: Beaufort, South Carolina.
Ref: Jones, Fuzes, pg.23 lower.


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