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VII In. Brooke Rifle

# S-5

 
 
VII In. Brooke Rifle # S-5 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 6, 2010
1. VII In. Brooke Rifle # S-5 Marker
Inscription. Cast Aug 24, 1863 in Selma at the Confederate Naval Gun Foundry under direction of Commander Catesby ap R. Jones. Was the first gun shipped from the Selma Foundry. Served as stern pivot gun on the Selma-built ironclad ram CSS Tennessee. During the Battle of Mobile Bay the wounding of Admiral Franklin Buchanan and the deaths of both men killed aboard the Tennessee occurred at this gun. This is the only surviving naval gun from the Battle of Mobile Bay located in what was the Confederate States of America.

(Reverse):
Designed by Lt. John M. Brooke CSN
“to be used against Iron-Clads”
Weight: 15,300 lbs
Length: 12 feet, 3 ½ inches
Range: 7900 yards (4 & ½ miles)
Brooke Rifles were reported accurate enough to “hit a barrel at a mile every pop.” Captured by the Federal Navy August 5, 1864 and taken to US Navy Yard in Washington DC. Returned on loan in 1981 to the Selma-Dallas County Museum of History and Archives from the Naval Historical Center.
 
Erected 2008 by Alabama Historical Association.
 
Location. 32° 24.578′ N, 87° 1.247′ W. Marker is in Selma, Alabama, in Dallas County. Marker is at the intersection of
VII In. Brooke Rifle Marker (Side B) image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 6, 2010
2. VII In. Brooke Rifle Marker (Side B)
Broad Street (U.S. 80) and Selma Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Broad Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 222 Broad Street, Selma AL 36702, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Highlights of Selma History / William Rufus DeVane King 1786-1853 (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Paulís Episcopal Church Est. 1838 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Burning of Downtown (about 800 feet away); Sgt Robert Weakley Patton (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lieutenant John Tillman Melvin (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Sleeping Prophet (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lee - Bender - Butler House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Temple Mishkan Israel (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Selma.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
VII In. Brooke Rifle image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 6, 2010
3. VII In. Brooke Rifle
This gun was cast at Selma Naval Ordnance Works on August 24, 1863. It received the registry number S5. As indicated on the marker, the gun was captured by Federals in the Battle of Mobile Bay. In the Navy Yard, it held trophy number 15.
VII In. Brooke Rifle Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 6, 2010
4. VII In. Brooke Rifle Marker
The double bands of the Brooke were constructed by laying six inch wide strips of hot iron around the gun tube. The strips were then butt-welded to form the bands. Although many consider this a "copy" of the Federal Parrott design, which used a wrought iron coil, Brooke used a completely different construction technique. Because Brooke used welded strips with inherent week points, double banding (and in some case triple banding) became a feature of the type.
VII In. Brooke Rifle image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 6, 2010
5. VII In. Brooke Rifle
This Brooke rifle had seven groove, right-hand twist rifling. John Mercer Brooke preferred triangular grooves which are often mistaken for "slant" or "shunt" rifling.
Cannon Lathe From The Selma Naval Gun Foundry image. Click for full size.
By Tim & Renda Carr, November 6, 2010
6. Cannon Lathe From The Selma Naval Gun Foundry
Preservation of Brooke Rifle plaque on reverse side. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, April 26, 2015
7. Preservation of Brooke Rifle plaque on reverse side.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 7, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 1,356 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 7, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.   7. submitted on April 28, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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