Fort Fisher's Armstrong Canon

Fort Fisher's Armstrong Canon (HMJ3B)

Location: Kure Beach, NC 28449 New Hanover County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 58.278', W 77° 55.078'

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The most effective gun in the fort. - Col. William Lamb, Fort Fisher commander

The Confederacy relied heavily on English artillery during the Civil War. A variety of English cannons, including Whitworths and Blakelys, were imported and used at Fort fisher. The most imposing cannon at the fort was the Armstrong 150-pounder mounted at Purdie battery midway along Fisher's sea face.

Manufactured by Sir William Armstrong & Co. in England, the rifled tube weighed 16,000 pounds and could accurately hurl a 150-pound shell a distance of up to five miles. But even the great Armstrong gun could not prevent the capture of Fort Fisher. In fact, because the Confederates did not have an adequate supply of shells for the gun, it was rarely fired during the final Battle of Fort Fisher in January 1865.
HM NumberHMJ3B
Placed ByFort Fisher State Historic Site‎
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Date Added Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 8:38am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 230397 N 3762811
Decimal Degrees33.97130000, -77.91796667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 58.278', W 77° 55.078'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 58' 16.68" N, 77° 55' 4.68" W
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Area Code(s)910
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1610 Fort Fisher, Kure Beach NC 28449, US
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