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Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
Ten - Inch Smooth Bore Columbaid Cannon
 
Ten Inch Smooth Bore Columbaid Cannon Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, May 12, 2009
1. Ten Inch Smooth Bore Columbaid Cannon Marker
 
Inscription.
This cannon and its mate
to the left have been
identified as two-thirds
of Fort Sumter's "Three Gun
Battery" of October, 1863.

 
Location. 32° 46.181′ N, 79° 55.735′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on East Battery Street near Murray Boulevard, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. At Battery Park - White Point Gardens. Marker is in this post office area: Charleston SC 29401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Moultrie (here, next to this marker); Eleven - Inch Dahlgren Gun (within shouting distance of this marker); To the Defenders of Fort Moultrie (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Ten - Inch Smooth Bore Columbaid Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Defenders of Charleston (within shouting distance of this marker); USS Pringle (DD-477) (within shouting distance of this marker); Hurricane Hugo (within shouting distance of this marker); William Gilmore Simms (within shouting distance of this marker); Charleston Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker); The Salvaging of this Gun (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
 
Ten Inch Smooth Bore Columbaid Cannon Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, May 12, 2009
2. Ten Inch Smooth Bore Columbaid Cannon Marker
Marker is just visible at bottom left
 

 
Regarding Ten - Inch Smooth Bore Columbaid Cannon. The Columbiad was a large caliber, smoothbore, muzzle loading cannon able to fire heavy projectiles at both high and low trajectories. This feature enabled the columbiad to fire solid shot or shell to long ranges, making it an excellent seacoast defense weapon for its day. Invented by Colonel George Bomford, United States Army, in 1811, columbiads were used by the United States coastal artillery from the War of 1812 until the early years of the 20th Century. Very few columbiads were used outside of the U.S. Army, however.
 
Also see . . .
1. Columbiads. A "soda bottle" shaped casting with smooth, tapered exterior The Confederate States also used columbiads extensively, mostly stocks captured from Federal arsenals at the time of secession. (Submitted on May 16, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Encyclopedia of Civil War Artillery : Rodmans & Confederate Columbiads-. 10-inch Confederate Columbiad gun. Total length, 123.5 inches; weight, 13,500 pounds; The total quantity of these guns cast is unknown although 128 were cast at Tredegar Foundry from May 1861 through January 1865. Perhaps 70 were cast at Bellona Foundry during that same period. Several were bored and finished as 6.4-inch rifles. Known survivors, 19, including one bored as a 6.4-inch rifle. (Submitted on May 16, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Ten Inch Smooth Bore Columbaid Cannon Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, May 12, 2009
3. Ten Inch Smooth Bore Columbaid Cannon
This is the second (left , as mentioned )10-inch cannon located in Battery Park-White Point Gardens. Charleston SC
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on May 16, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,554 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 16, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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