Gun #2


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Posted by Mabry Tyson on February 27, 2003 at 03:30:22:

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

Gun #2 was a IX-inch Dahlgren, on the port side, closest to the bow.

On March 8, Lieut. Hunter Davidson was at guns 2 and 3 but he moved to gun 1 on March 9 (or maybe he just added it to the guns he was in charge of?)

Midshipman H. H. Marmaduke was assigned to gun #2. He was injured on the first day.

William Tindall, with the advice of Marmaduke, wrote
"As she was backing from that vessel, after ramming it and leaving her prow fast in its hull, a shot struck her forward port broadside gun and broke off its muzzle and several feet of its chase, killing one of the crew and wounding several more, among them Midshipman H. H. Marmaduke, whose gallantry and that of others on that occasion was warmly commended in the report of her Commander. A hot shot had been rammed home and the lanyard of the gun pulled at the instant a shot from the Cumberland hit it with such disastrous effect. Every subsequent discharge of that gun, which was repeatedly fired thereafter, set fire to the woodwork around its port hole, in consequence of the reduced length of the piece. This gun is now among other Ordnance relics of the Civil War, at the Washington Navy Yard."

This gun is now at the Dahlgren Naval Surface Warfare Center.




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