Near Fort Washington in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Shot and Shell
When rifled artillery was introduced in the late 1850s and used during the Civil War, effectiveness of masonry structures decreased. The new weapons fired projectiles that fit the bore tightly and were given a stabilizing spin by the grooves in the barrel.
These improvements gave the rifled guns a range, accuracy, and hitting power nearly three times greater than the smoothbore cannon of the early 19th century.
Location. 38° 42.665′ N, 77° 2.118′ W. Marker is near Fort Washington, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Fort Washington Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located in Fort Washington Park, overlooking the southwest demi-bastion. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13551 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington MD 20744, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Water Battery (a few steps from this marker); Minefields (within shouting distance of this marker); Counterscarp Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Caponiere The Cisterns (within shouting distance of this marker); New Guns for an Old Fort (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named The Water Battery (about 300 feet away); The Northwest Demi-Bastion (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Fort Washington.
More about this marker. On the marker to the left are illustrations of smoothbore and rifled artillery. On the right is a profile drawing of the fort walls illustrating the difference in the effectiveness of the different projectiles. On the lower right is a photograph of Fort Pulaski, Georgia, showing damage inflicted by rifled artillery in 1862.
Also see . . . Fort Washington. National Park Service site. (Submitted on May 31, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • Forts, Castles • Military •
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