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Experimental Carriages

 
 
Experimental Carriages Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 16, 2007
1. Experimental Carriages Marker
Inscription. Funds for developing new weapons decreased after the Civil War, forcing the Army to upgrade the cannon they already had.

These three 19-inch Rodman gun tubes were probably made during the 1870ís, but their carriages are improved versions developed about 1888. A large hydraulic cylinder returned the gun to its forward position after firing and recoil. Another innovation was the use of bumpers made of a material relatively new to gunnery—rubber.

The automatic return feature eliminated the time consuming step of cranking the gun back into firing position by hand.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Fort McHenry marker series.
 
Location. 39° 15.783′ N, 76° 34.748′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from Fort Avenue. Touch for map. Marker and cannons are on the Fort McHenry grounds. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Great Guns of the Fort... (here, next to this marker); O Say Can You See? (a few steps from this marker); Outer Battery (a few steps from this marker); Entering Fort McHenry ... A Deadly Crossfire
Post Civil War cannons. image. Click for full size.
By William Pfingsten, September 16, 2007
2. Post Civil War cannons.
(within shouting distance of this marker); 1814 Enlisted Men's Barracks, No 2 (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Guardhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Bombproofs (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ravelin (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesMilitaryWar, US Civil
 
10-inch Rodman and Experimental Carriage image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 16, 2010
3. 10-inch Rodman and Experimental Carriage
One of the experimental carriages from the front. Just above the pivot point, at the bottom of the carriage, is the cylinder used to move the gun into position.
"Bumpers" on the Carriage image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 16, 2010
4. "Bumpers" on the Carriage
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,858 times since then and 43 times this year. Last updated on September 21, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 19, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   3, 4. submitted on August 24, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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