Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
This example was cast at Richmond's famous Tredegar Iron works in July 1862, and was mounted within the James River defenses near Drewry's Bluff. there it successfully guarded the river approaches to Richmond. It was capable of firing an 80-pound solid projectile over four miles.
A captured Confederate Brooke Rifle along the James River.
The gun's designer, John Mercer Brooke, was an inventor and Chief of Confederate Naval Ordinance. Brooke helped develop many of the South's unique weapons, including submarines and torpedoes, and was instrumental in the design of the famous ironclad CSS Virginia. He also prepared the railroad-mounted artillery used at the battle of Savage's Station.
Location. 37° 32.099′ N, 77° 26.736′ W. Marker is in Richmond, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Tredegar Street 0.1 miles west of South 5th Street, on the right when traveling west. Located outside the Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 470 Tredegar Street, Richmond VA 23219, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Overshot Waterwheel (a few steps from this marker); Civil War Visitor Center (within shouting distance of this marker); Gateway to the Civil War (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic Tredegar (within shouting distance of this marker); Joseph Reid Anderson (within shouting distance of this marker); Early Industrial Patterns (within shouting distance of this marker); Toledo 1000-ton Press (within shouting distance of this marker); The Gun Foundry (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Richmond.
Also see . . .
1. Richmond National Battlefield Park. National Park Service (Submitted on February 20, 2017.)
2. Old Marker at this Location. This marker replaced an older one at this location also titled “Southern Firepower” (Submitted on February 20, 2017.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 18, 2017, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. This page has been viewed 251 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on February 20, 2017, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. 2, 3. submitted on February 18, 2017, by Shane Oliver of Richmond, Virginia. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.