VII In. Brooke Rifle

VII In. Brooke Rifle (HMP7B)

Location: Selma, AL 36701 Dallas County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 24.578', W 87° 1.247'

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Cast Aug 24, 1863 in Selma at theConfederate Naval Gun Foundry under direction of Commander Catesby ap R. Jones. Was the first gun shipped from the Selma Foundry. Served as stern pivot gun on theSelma-built ironclad ram CSS Tennessee.During the Battle of Mobile Bay thewounding of Admiral Franklin Buchananand the deaths of both men killed aboardthe Tennessee occurred at this gun.This is the only surviving naval gun from theBattle of Mobile Bay located in what was theConfederate States of America.

Designed by Lt. John M. Brooke CSN
"to be used against Iron-Clads"
Weight: 15,300 lbs
Length: 12 feet, 3 ½ inches
Range: 7900 yards (4 & ½ miles)
Brooke Rifles were reported accurate enoughto "hit a barrel at a mile every pop."Captured by the Federal Navy August 5, 1864and taken to US Navy Yard in Washington DC.Returned on loan in 1981 to the Selma-DallasCounty Museum of History and Archives fromthe Naval Historical Center.
HM NumberHMP7B
Year Placed2008
Placed ByAlabama Historical Association
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 4:23pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 498045 N 3585842
Decimal Degrees32.40963333, -87.02078333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 24.578', W 87° 1.247'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 24' 34.68" N, 87° 1' 14.82" W
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Area Code(s)334
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 222 Broad St, Selma AL 36701, US
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