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Richmond, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Southern Firepower

 
 
Southern Firepower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon D Cross, April 4, 2014
1. Southern Firepower Marker
Inscription. This 6.4-inch Brooke rifled cannon became a great source of pride for the Confederacy. Named for its inventor, John Mercer Brooke, this type of gun was renowned for its superior range, accuracy, and reliability compared to to its smoothbore counterparts. Because of its effectiveness, the Brooke Rifle saw service inside many Southern fortifications and aboard numerous Confederate warships.

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.

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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.
 
Erected by Richmond National Battlefield Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 37° 
View of the Brooke Rifle on Display at Tredegar Iron Works image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, October 22, 2016
2. View of the Brooke Rifle on Display at Tredegar Iron Works
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. Touch for map. Located outside the Civil War Visitor Center at Tredegar Iron Works. Marker is at or near this postal address: 470 Tredegar Street, Richmond VA 23219, United States of America.
 
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
 
View of the Brooke Rifle on Display at Tredegar Iron Works image. Click for full size.
By Shane Oliver, October 22, 2016
3. View of the Brooke Rifle on Display at Tredegar Iron Works
 
 
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 203 times since then. 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.
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