Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Seacoast 8-inch Converted Rodman
—US Model 1861 Serial Number 5 —
This piece was originally a 10-inch, smooth bore gun. It was converted in 1876 at the West Point foundry, New York, to an 8-inch rifle by inserting a rifled steel tube in the barrel. This particular conversion process was a failure as the system literally blew apart. The weapon is made of cast iron, weighs 15,970 pounds, has a length of 137 inches and a diameter of 35 inches. The ordnance inspector was Lt. Charles Sidney Smith.
Location. 37° 0.262′ N, 76° 18.686′ W. Marker is in Fort Monroe, Virginia, in Hampton. Marker is at the intersection of Ingalls Road and Ruckman Road, on the left when traveling south on Ingalls Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Monroe VA 23651, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Monroe (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Rodman Gun (a few steps from this marker); Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge (within shouting distance of this marker); Freedom’s Fortress (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Old Cistern (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Fort Monroe Eprouvette Mortar (approx. 0.2 miles away); 12-Pounder Howitzer (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Monroe.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 401 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 15, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.