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Sullivans Island in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

10-Inch Confederate Columbiad

 
 
10-Inch Confederate Columbiad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
1. 10-Inch Confederate Columbiad Marker
The marker displays a photo of a 10-inch Confederate Columbiad at Fort Moultrie.
Inscription. Cast at the Tredegar Foundry in Richmond, this gun is an example of what the Confederacy was able to produce with limited resources. Although less refined than similar Union pieces, it helped meet the Southern demand for heavy caliber seacoast guns.

Maximum Range: 5600 yards (5120 M)
 
Location. 32° 45.535′ N, 79° 51.412′ W. Marker is in Sullivans Island, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker is on Poe Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located in the cannon walk, stop eight, on the tour of Fort Moultrie. Marker is in this post office area: Sullivans Island SC 29482, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 13-Inch Seacoast Mortar (here, next to this marker); 10-Inch Columbiad (Rodman) (here, next to this marker); Civil War Armament (a few steps from this marker); 10-Inch Columbiad, Rifled and Banded (a few steps from this marker); 7-Inch Brooke Rifle, Triple Banded (a few steps from this marker); 8-inch Parrott (200 Pounder) (within shouting distance of this marker); H.L. Hunley Disappears (within shouting distance of this marker); Battle of Fort Sullivan (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Sullivans Island.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
10-Inch Confederate Columbiad image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
2. 10-Inch Confederate Columbiad
The artillery walk offers a good comparison to the Rodman guns of the same caliber, here in the background. Notice the Confederate Columbiad used a near cylindrical section behind the trunnions, then used the sloping lines of the Rodman. The Confederate weapon also appears lumpy or rough on the surface, since it was not "turned" on a lathe to smooth the exterior appearance.
Breech of Confederate Columbiad image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 3, 2010
3. Breech of Confederate Columbiad
Although using Rodman's "mushroom" cascabel, the Confederates continued to use the ratchet elevation system.
10-Inch Confederate Columbiad Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher
4. 10-Inch Confederate Columbiad Marker
Charleston, South Carolina (vicinity). Interior of Fort Moultrie, looking towards Fort Sumter. (Morris Island)
Courtesy of the Library of Congress
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 604 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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