6.4" (100 pounder) Parrott Rifle / 7" Brooke Rifle

6.4" (100 pounder) Parrott Rifle / 7" Brooke Rifle (HM1BP9)

Location: Gulf Shores, AL 36542 Baldwin County
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Country: United States of America
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N 30° 13.752', W 88° 1.358'

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6.4" (100 pounder) Parrott Rifle
Designed by Robert Parker Parrott at the outbreak of the Civil War, the Parrott Rifle became one of the most used rifled artillery pieces during the war. With shells that exploded on impact, rifled guns such as the Parrott Rifle spelled the end of masonry fortifications. In the 1870's, the U.S. Army attempted to modernize Fort Morgan by shipping several 6.4" (100pdr.) Parrott Rifles to the fort to improve its armament.


7" Brooke Rifle
At the beginning of the Civil War, Confederate authorities were faced with the challenge of designing and manufacturing weapons comparable to those of the U.S. Government's. The Brooke Rifle, designed by John Mercer Brooke, was the solution to the U.S. Government's Parrott Rifle. Fort Morgan was armed with two 7" Double Banded Brooke Rifles at the time of the siege in 1864.

The Brooke Rifle on display, number "S89", was cast at the Confederate Naval Works in Selma, Alabama after the surrender of Fort Morgan. Mounted in a fortification north of Mobile, it was dumped into the river at the conclusion of the war.
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HM NumberHM1BP9
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Date Added Sunday, September 21st, 2014 at 11:48am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 401594 N 3344625
Decimal Degrees30.22920000, -88.02263333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 13.752', W 88° 1.358'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 13' 45.12" N, 88° 1' 21.48" W
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Area Code(s)251
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1632-1636 Fort Morgan Road, Gulf Shores AL 36542, US
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