Appendix X, p 233: Gun types


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Posted by Mabry Tyson on February 28, 2003 at 22:17:11:

In Reply to: C.S.S. Virginia: Mistress of Hampton Roads - John V. Quarstein posted by Mabry Tyson on February 28, 2003 at 22:08:17:

On page 222, gun #2 is indicated to be a 6.4 inch Brooke Rifle.

Tindall (1923) with the advice of Marmaduke says


The most serious injuries to the crew of the Virginia were incurred in her contest with the Cumberland. 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.

That gun is now at the Dahlgren Naval Surface Warfare Center. It is a 9" Dahlgren.

The #4, #5 guns are Dahlgrens that were used for hot shot.

The #9 gun was also damaged (per Buchanan's report). Other reports indicate both damaged guns were 9" guns.

If the odd & even guns were the same, this must mean that guns 6 and 7 were the 6.4" singled-banded Brooke Rifles (sometimes referred to as 32-pdrs).



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