#6 – USA Artillery Lost July 21, 1861

13 02 2009

O.R.– SERIES I–VOLUME 2 [S# 2] — CHAPTER IX, p 328


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13 02 2009
#6 - Brig. Gen. Irvin McDowell « Bull Runnings

[…] Table – Statement of [USA] artillery lost at the Battle of Bull Run, July 21, 1861 […]


18 02 2009

For “cannon hunters” (which is my other sinful habit I guess), lists like this are sort of a mixed blessing. I like having the matter of fact list of the weapons used in action. At the same time, the next question raised is “I wonder what the registry numbers were?”

In the case of the 10-pdr Parrotts, one of those captured by the Confederates at Manassas was issued to the 1st Richmond Howitzers, and sent to Leesburg. Likely placed in the artillery camp (mentioned a few days ago on my blog), if not in Fort Evans itself. Wouldn’t it be nice to know the registry number of that piece just to bounce against the known list of surviving 10-pdr Parrotts!

The other interesting point drawn out by this list is the “mixed” nature of the early war Federal batteries. Two of the regulars batteries conform to the pre-war issue of field guns and howitzers, adding rifles. Not to mention the “big” parrotts from G/1st US. The variety of ordnance must have been a pain to those filling ammunition chests.

However, at their expense, that makes the ordnance returns more interesting for Manassas than say Gettysburg… Napoleons, 3-inch Rifles, Parrotts….


19 02 2009
Harry Smeltzer


I think the park may have a list of known registry numbers for guns in the battle. I’m pretty sure they have the number of Hains’s 30-pdr at least.


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