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Ten Pound Parrott Rifle and Limber

 
 
Ten Pound Parrott Rifle and Limber Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
1. Ten Pound Parrott Rifle and Limber Marker
Inscription. The Civil War Parrott Rifle was a muzzle loaded rifled cannon capable of firing a 10 pound projectile about 3000 yards at 12º elevation. Invented by Robert P. Parrott, the cast iron Parrott Rifle gave greater accuracy and a larger effective range compared to the more commonly used smooth-bore Napoleon.

The barrel of this cannon is an original, manufactured in 1864 at West Point Foundry, Cold Spring, New York. The gun carriage and limber are cast iron replicas. The limber, to which the horses were attached, carried a chest containing tools and items necessary for firing the cannon. When the cannon was actually firing the limber was located about 10 yards behind the cannon.

During the battle of Dam No. 1 the 3rd New York Artillery used 10 pound Parrott Rifles to support the assault of the 3rd Vermont Infantry.
 
Location. 37° 10.932′ N, 76° 32.263′ W. Marker is in Newport News, Virginia. Marker is on Constitution Way, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located in Newport News Park, at the entrance to the parking lot at the Discovery Center. Marker is in this post office area: Newport News VA 23603, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Third Regiment Vermont Volunteer Infantry (about 400 feet away,
Ten Pound Parrott Rifle and Limber image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
2. Ten Pound Parrott Rifle and Limber
measured in a direct line); Battle of Lee’s Mill (Dam Number 1) (about 400 feet away); Battle of Dam No. 1 (about 400 feet away); Peninsula Campaign Warwick River (about 400 feet away); Mott’s Battery (about 600 feet away); Berdan’s Sharpshooters (about 700 feet away); Custer’s Covered Way (approx. 0.2 miles away); One-Gun Battery (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newport News.
 
Also see . . .  The Peninsula Campaign. (Submitted on June 19, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Ten Pound Parrott Rifle image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
3. Ten Pound Parrott Rifle
Limber for the Parrott Rifle image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
4. Limber for the Parrott Rifle
The back of the marker can be seen in this photo to the left of the limber.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,347 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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