What guns were where?


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Posted by Mabry Tyson on February 27, 2003 at 03:02:42:

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

E.A. Jack's memoirs indicate:

> Lieut. C. C. Simms at Bow Gun (7" Brook)
> Lieut. Hunter Davidson at guns 2 and 3.
> Lieut. John Taylor Wood at stern gun (7" Brook)
> Lieut. John R. Eggleston at guns 4 and 5
> Lieut. Walter Butt at guns 6 and 7
> Capt. R. T. Thom (Marine Corps) at guns 8 and 9
> Midshipman H. H. Marmaduke gun 2
> Midshipman H. B. Littlepage gun 4
> Midshipman R. C. Foute gun 6
> Midshipman W. J. Craig gun 8
> Captain Kevil, United Artillery gun 9


The guns were apparently numbered (not to scale!)
Bow
/\
/ \
/ 1 \
|2 3|
| |
|4 5|
| |
|6 7|
| |
|8 9|
| 10 |
\ /
\ /
\/
Stern

Eggleston says
"I commanded the two hot-shot guns directly under the main hatch, and just over the furnace."
(so #4,5 were the two hot-shot guns.)

#1 and #10 are 7-inch Brooke rifles.

There were two 6.4-inch Brooke rifles, and 6 IX-inch Dahlgrens.

#2 is a IX-inch Dahlgren that was damaged as the Virginia pulled back from the Cumberland. It survives today at the Dahlgren Naval Surface Warfare Center. (See Tindall for an account of this gun.) It was loaded (with hot shot according to Tindall, but I am not so sure) and was hit as it fired, killing one (Waldeck?) and injuring others, including Midshipman Marmaduke.

There were two howitzers on the upper deck which were swept away, apparently during the attack on the Cumberland. (I think I recall they were brass.)




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