More confusion on the 6.4" rifled guns: #8, #9 ??


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Posted by Mabry Tyson on January 14, 2004 at 05:44:39:

In Reply to: Guns on the Virginia posted by Mabry Tyson on February 27, 2003 at 02:24:02:

The Littlepage drawing at the Museum of the Confederacy is a drawing of the Virginia and is dated 3/8/1862 (whether this is the date of the drawing or the date represented by the drawing, I don't know).

It labels the broadside gun closest to the stern as a 6.4" rifled gun. (This would be #8)

This contradicts the statement of Eggleston(1916) that he had 6.4" rifled guns under his command at #4, #5 and that these were hotshot guns. Eggleston's statement that they were hotshot may have more support because of placement of furnaces. However, his statement that they were 6.4" contradicts statements by Jones that the hotshot were 9".

Only 2 guns were damaged. #2 seems to be agreed on. Everyone seems to agree the damaged guns were IX-inch Dahlgrens.

Eggleston also indicated that #2 and #3 were the damaged guns.

Buchanan indicated #9 (the starboard broadside closest to the stern) was damaged (Kevil). Others, such as Jones, indicated that an after broadside gun was damaged.

But if #9 is a 6.4", then that is a contradiction.

Trying to figure this out....



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