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Thirteen - Inch Mortar

 
 
Thirteen - Inch Mortar Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, May 12, 2009
1. Thirteen - Inch Mortar Marker
13-inch seacoast and Navy mortar, Model of 1861. Total length, 56.5 inches; weight, 17,250 pounds; total production, 162; known survivors, 27.
Inscription.
This mortar and its three mates were first used by Federal troops for the bombardment of Fort Sumter in October, 1863. They may well form the world's largest collection of this type weapon.
 
Location. 32° 46.165′ N, 79° 55.774′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Murray Boulevard. Click for map. Between E. Battery and King St. 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. A different marker also named Thirteen - Inch Mortar (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Thirteen - Inch Mortar (within shouting distance of this marker); Seven - Inch Banded Brooks Rifle (within shouting distance of this marker); Confederate Defenders of Charleston (within shouting distance of this marker); William Gilmore Simms (within shouting distance of this marker); Stede Bonnet / Richard Worley (within shouting distance of this marker); Thirteen Inch Mortar (within shouting distance of this marker);
Thirteen - Inch Mortar Marker, <i>a faint Foundry "Pitt" the only word to be found on mortar face Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, May 12, 2009
2. Thirteen - Inch Mortar Marker, a faint Foundry "Pitt" the only word to be found on mortar face

Type: Model 1861 13 inch Siege & Seacoast Mortar Rarity: Uncommon Years of Manufacture: Between 1860 and 1864 Tube Composition: Iron Bore Diameter: 13 inches Standard Powder Charge: 20 lbs. Projectiles: 200 lbs. Round Mortar Shells Tube Length: 56.5 inches Tube Weight: 17,250 lbs. Range (at 45): 4,325 yards US Casting Foundry: Fort Pitt Foundry, Pittsburgh PA
Ten - Inch Smooth Bore Columbaid Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); Moultrie (within shouting distance of this marker); Charleston Waterfront (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Charleston.
 
More about this marker. an In-pavement marker
 
Regarding Thirteen - Inch Mortar. Use of the Mortars
According to historian/reporter Warren Ripley, in his collected articles The Battery: Charlestown, South Carolina, the mortars in the battery cannot be accurately traced to wartime service around the city. The Federals did use a battery of 13-inch mortars to bombard Fort Sumter and several others on navy ships. But the registry numbers were not recorded at the time. The mortars on display arrived around 1874, and were used in the coastal defenses around Charleston until 1901. At that time, the mortars were placed on display at the battery.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia entry- Siege. The Second Battle of Charleston Harbor (or the Siege of Charleston Harbor, Siege of Fort Wagner, or Battle of Morris Island) (Submitted on May 20, 2009, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
Thirteen - Inch Mortar Marker , another Mortar, with a duplicate marker Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, May 12, 2009
3. Thirteen - Inch Mortar Marker , another Mortar, with a duplicate marker
The 13-inch seacoast mortar had a maximum range of 4,300 yards, could be expected to be more accurate than it's smaller counterparts.
 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Thirteen - Inch Mortar Photo, Click for full size
By Mike Stroud, May 12, 2009
4. Thirteen - Inch Mortar
Thirteen - Inch Mortars<br>Looking East Along White Point Park<br>The Battery Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2011
5. Thirteen - Inch Mortars
Looking East Along White Point Park
The Battery
Thirteen - Inch Mortar and Mortar Shells Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2011
6. Thirteen - Inch Mortar and Mortar Shells
Mortar Shells Details Photo, Click for full size
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2011
7. Mortar Shells Details
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,056 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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