Southern Firepower Historical

Southern Firepower Historical (HM1WXE)

Location: Richmond, VA 23219
Country: United States of America

N 37° 32.099', W 77° 26.736'

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This 6.4-incgh Brooke rifled cannon became a great source of pride for the Confederacy. Named for its inventor, John Mercer Brooke, this type of gun was renowned for its superior range, accuracy, and reliability compared to to its smoothbore counterparts. Because of its effectiveness, the Brooke Rifle saw service inside many Southern fortifications and aboard numerous Confederate warships.

This example was cast at Richmond's famous Tredegar Iron works in July 1862, and was mounted within the James River defenses near Drewry's Bluff. there it successfully guarded the river approaches to Richmond. It was capable of firing an 80-pound solid projectile over four miles.

A captured Confederate Brooke Rifle along the James River.

The gun's designer, John Mercer Brooke, was an inventor and Chief of Confederate Naval Ordinance. Brooke helped develop many of the South's unique weapons, including submarines and torpedoes, and was instrumental in the design of the famous ironclad CSS Virginia. He also prepared the railroad-mounted artillery used at the battle of Savage's Station.
Placed ByRichmond National Battlefield Park, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Monday, February 20th, 2017 at 9:01am PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 283917 N 4157033
Decimal Degrees37.53498333, -77.44560000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 32.099', W 77° 26.736'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 32' 5.94" N, 77° 26' 44.16" W
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Area Code(s)804
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 500-536 Tredegar St, Richmond VA 23219, US
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