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


Civil War Artillery
by Harry Ridgeway

Wright time fuze
Artillery 8650 Fuze Wright

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.


Wright time fuze
Fuze is Federal manufacture, intended to replace the widely used Bormann time fuze with increased burning time. Most Bormann fuzes stop around 5 seconds, this fuze was intended to provide 12 seconds burn time. It has an inner center with two spanner holes, surrounded by a white metal channel marked with the burn times, it was to be punched in a similar manner used to activite the Bormann fuze. Developed late in the war, it saw only limited use. None of the field cannons in service at the end of the war were capable of keeping a projectile airborn for this long, so it was too "advanced" for the cannons available at the time.
Ref: Jones, Fuzes, pg.28.

A0192...Wright time fuze
Fuze is Federal manufacture, intended to replace the widely used Bormann time fuze with increased burning time. Most Bormann fuzes stop around 5 seconds, this fuze was intended to provide 12 seconds burn time. It has an inner center with two spanner holes, surrounded by a white metal channel marked with the burn times, it was to be punched in a similar manner used to activite the Bormann fuze. Developed late in the war, it saw only limited use. None of the field cannons in service at the end of the war were capable of keeping a projectile airborn for this long, so it was too "advanced" for the cannons available at the time. Recovered: 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaign, by Harry Ridgeway, 1960's.
Ref: Jones, Fuzes, pg.28., this is the example photographed.
Ridgeway collection, Old Court House Civil War Museum, Winchester, Virginia


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