Mountain howitzer back on rampart at Fort Sumter
by Bruce Smith, Associated Press
December 14, 2012 10:45 AM | 401 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
FORT SUMTER NATIONAL MONUMENT, S.C. (AP) — A gun like those used by Confederates in the final months defending Fort Sumter is again back on the ramparts of the Charleston fort.

A mountain howitzer cast in 1863 was put back this week after six years. It had been removed after its original wooden carriage deteriorated from spending years in the elements.

The 120-pound howitzer was kept in the museum but now has a new protective coating and is mounted on a $12,000 steel carriage. Rick Dorrance is the fort’s chief of resource management. He says Civil War sites nationwide are increasingly replacing wooden gun carriages with those of steel.

During the final months of the defense of Sumter, the wheeled howitzers were stored in bombproof areas in the daytime and rolled to the walls at night.

Comments
(0)
Comments-icon Post a Comment
No Comments Yet
*We welcome your comments on the stories and issues of the day and seek to provide a forum for the community to voice opinions. All comments are subject to moderator approval before being made visible on the website but are not edited. The use of profanity, obscene and vulgar language, hate speech, and racial slurs is strictly prohibited. Advertisements, promotions, and spam will also be rejected. Please read our terms of service for full guides