R.P.P. W.P.F.

Those initials stamped into the trunnion of that piece tell a story you might like to hear.  Clicken sie hier, bitte fur die neu SERVIAM.

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7 responses to “R.P.P. W.P.F.

  1. I figured out how to unfornicate the comments on this post.
    Crocker said this:

    BTW, your post on Parrot guns was very intersting. I couldn’t post a comment there, so I’ll do it here. On the day after Christmas I was walking the Manassas battlefield and I was admiring Rickett’s 10-pounders lined up in battery along the federal line between the Henry House and present-day visitors center. Talk about tactical blunders: pushing long-range guns (unsupported by infantry) to within range of enemy musketry. Particularly at Griffin’s position, which was only 100 yards from the woods concealing the VA infantry.

    But a great gun, nevertheless.

  2. The first muzzle loading piece I ever served was a 3-inch Parrott Rifle named The Orphan. I was a proud member of that gun detachment for four years.

  3. Crocker said @ 2008/12/31 at 7:47 pm on the The cold warriors in Washington continue their great game in the Hindu Kush

    I’ve never seen Civil War arty in action. I hope I will someday. When you fired The Orphan, did you fire a projectile with a full charge? What are the precautions involved with old iron?

    BTW, in 1961 I lived in Lawton, OK while my father (a reserve captain) went through the arty school at Sill. It was pretty heady stuff for a six-year old to see tube arty and battlefield rockets (Honest John and Little John) in action during demonstrations. I’ve had a soft spot for Red Legs ever since.

  4. Six years old in 1961! Happy New Year old timer! Damn, we’re old.

    I’ve never served a muzzle loading piece live firing projectiles. Don’t really want to hurt the Yankees down range. Besides, those who were Yankees on Saturday may be Rebels on Sunday. We rolled rounds for The Orphan by forming an aluminum foil cartridge around a 4-inch long piece of 2 3/4-inch diameter PVC pipe, poured in 8 oz. FFg Elephant powder, covered that with an aluminum foil disk for a wad, and filled the rest of the cartridge with Martha White flour, twisted the top shut, folded down the foil and had something to stuff in the tube that looked like a silver projectile. The flour was just filler to make the cartridge of the proper length for priming. If you used too much flour the gun smoke smelled like cookies burning in an oven.

    Not much old iron being fired. Nearly all the pieces at reenactments are replicas. I have served an original 3-inch Ordnance Rifle wrought in 1864, and an original 32-Pdr cast in 1824. Blank salute rounds don’t stress the old tubes much.

    Virtual Tour of Old Fort Jackson

    National Safety Rules and Procedures For Shooting Muzzleloading Artillery

  5. suek

    Warum auf Deutsch??

  6. No particular reason. I was fairly conversant a quarter of a century ago. Lost most of it.

    Happy New Year, suek!