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Sandy Hook in Monmouth County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Rodman Gun

 
 
Rodman Gun Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
1. Rodman Gun Marker
Inscription. Developed in the Civil War era, this type of 20-inch gun gave the U.S. the largest muzzle-loading cannon ever made. At the same time, however, rifled guns were being developed which made all smoothbore cannon obsolete.

With spin from spiral grooves inside the barrel, pointed projectiles from rifled cannon could travel farther and with greater accuracy than cannonballs from smoothbore weapons. During the Civil War, rifled artillery easily penetrated the thick masonry walls of several coastal forts, which influenced the Army to abandon construction of a masonry fort on Sandy Hook.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 40° 27.917′ N, 74° 0.338′ W. Marker is in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, in Monmouth County. Marker is on Gateway NRA road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in Fort Hancock Historic District in the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area. Marker is in this post office area: Highlands NJ 07732, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mule Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); Fire House Number 1 (within shouting distance of this marker); Post Chapel (within
Rodman Gun at Sandy Hook image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
2. Rodman Gun at Sandy Hook
shouting distance of this marker); Officers Row (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 200 Years of Service (about 400 feet away); Protecting American Coasts (about 400 feet away); Post Theater (about 400 feet away); Baked Fresh Daily! (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Sandy Hook.
 
More about this marker. The left side of the marker contains a picture of a firing Rodman Gun. The right top of the marker features a portrait of Major General Thomas J. Rodman. Below this is a picture of an exploding cannon, with a caption of “A large gun burst near Lieutenant Thomas Rodman in 1844. Afterwards the ordinance officer committed himself to improving the technology of cannon manufacture, and invented the casting process that made possible this one piece, 115,100-pound smoothbore barrel.”
 
Also see . . .
1. Fort Hancock. NY Harbor Parks website. (Submitted on September 22, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Mammoth Guns - Rodman's smoothbore Cannons. National Park Service website.
Marker in Fort Hancock Historic District image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
3. Marker in Fort Hancock Historic District
(Submitted on September 22, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Rodman Gun image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
4. Rodman Gun
Closeup of Rodman Gun image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 20, 2009
5. Closeup of Rodman Gun
This cannon was produced at Fort Pitt Foundry, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1869. Weighing, as the marker states 115,100 pounds, it was among the heaviest muzzle-loading weapons ever produced. It bears the registry number "2." The only other weapon of it's type produced is on display at Fort Hamilton, New York.
20-inch Rodman Gun image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 24, 2010
6. 20-inch Rodman Gun
This Rodman Gun is found near Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn, NY.
 
 
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