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  1. Well, there goes another one of my theories, shot down by facts. I only had the range, deflection and elevation wrong! Other than that, it was a pretty good firing solution!
  2. I'm just guessing here, but it seems like firing through the ravine would have allowed the gunboats to bomb a straight line across the Confederate advance simply by changing elevation on the guns. There would be no need to traverse left or right. In modern artillery it would be called harassment and interdiction fire. There is no doubt that many wounded Union soldiers were in the target area. I don't know how the Union commanders felt about with that. I suspect they were willing to sacrifice them to hold back the Confederates a little while longer. Especially those commanders who were already inside of Grant's final line.
  3. Good post Oz, Thanks for clearing up my misconception. The fact that they used guns instead of mortars better explains why they had to shoot through Dill Creek ravine instead of firing over the river bank.
  4. Hey Oz, Hey Manassas Belle, Sorry I took so long to get back to this thread, but better late than never! At Shiloh, mortars were fired from the decks of the gunboats Tyler and Lexington. They anchored at the mouth of Dill Creek and fired through the ravine, that way they didn't have to fire over the steep river bank. There's a couple of naval cannon (I guess Mr. Reed couldn't find a mortar) on Riverside Drive to commemorate the gunboats. I thought the downrange video was unique because you can hear the projectiles spinning as they go by. Some of them can be heard tumbling. Some of them ricochet after they hit the ground. It's a pretty good testament to what it must have sounded like to troops advancing under fire.
  5. http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article36895671.html
  6. Civil War cannon being fired at an old armored vehicle target at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. The video starts downrange, then switches to the gun crew. Make sure sound is turned on! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jL1DkrYL70s
  7. Good points Ozzy. I guess mortars didn't use fixed ammo, so they would have stacked up pyramids too.
  8. Thanks for those links Ozzy! It's all starting to make sense to me now. Those pyramidal stacks only existed at the arsenals, never in transport and never on the battlefield. I had a serious misconception going on in my little brain!
  9. Thanks Ron, that makes sense. Another question about these things, if anyone happens to know -- how were these stacks transported? Did they have to be picked up and moved and restacked one ball at a time? Just getting from the arsenal to the deck of a river boat would require a whole bunch of hard work. I wonder how many could be carried on the average horse drawn wagon? Thanks to everyone for your help!
  10. Thanks for the link Ozzy. All the pictures show the fragments are gray. I've worked with lots of 'gray cast iron' my entire career but never saw any that was black. Even what everyone calls 'black iron' pipe fittings are actually gray. I have a 75 year old South Bend lathe made out of cast iron....yep....gray. But I've never seen a gray cannon ball. They were all black. That's why the picture of the arsenal yard surprised me. I had never seen shiny ones before!
  11. Are cannonballs black and how did they get black? They weren't painted were they? New cast iron is shiny or grayish looking. Cast iron cookware turns black from being "seasoned". If it hasn't been seasoned it turns rusty red. This is the photo that caused the question: Several of the stacks of cannon balls and "bolts" for rifled cannon look shiny. Some of the stacks look black. These stacks waiting to be placed as monuments look rusty. Sooo, my question for the artillerists onboad -- were cast iron projectiles treated with a rust preventative that turned them black? Possibly like the seasoning on a skillet, or like blueing on a gun barrel? Come to think of it, the same question would apply to cast iron cannon as well. Every one I ever saw was black. Were they painted or have some other surface treatment applied? Thanks in advance for clearing up this question!
  12. I just saw this website and thought you guys might enjoy it. http://www.civilwar.org/maps/animated-maps/
  13. DKSmith

    Shiloh Quiz #12

    Darnit. I'll turn my printer back off, then.
  14. DKSmith

    Shiloh Quiz #12

    This is where I got all my guesses (it was at the top of my Google search) http://www.chs.org/f.../ransom/004.htm 1: It was erected to "Commemorate The Death Of Those Who Perished In Suppressing The Southern Rebellion." 2: Erected shortly before its dedication, which was held on July 28, 1863 (I think this was a trick question) 3: Located in a churchyard. 4: Corner of Sheldon Ave. and Percival St., Kensington, Conn. 5: Kensington Congregational Church 6: The 3" bore cannon was placed there in 1913 Thanks Ron, for the generous prize of $150 for the first 100 points.
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