|Ridgeway Civil War Research Center,
A virtual examination of artifacts of the American Civil War
|Civil War Artillery|
|by Harry Ridgeway|
|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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