Casemates and Cannon

Casemates and Cannon (HMKOE)

Location: Charleston, SC 29412 Charleston County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 45.15', W 79° 52.51'

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Load ... Ready ... Fire! A disciplined crew of five men could fire an accurate shot in less than one minute. Teamwork and timing during battle were essential to the crew of this 42-pounder smoothbore cannon, one of 27 guns that occupied these first-tier casemates.

This casemate is an 1870 reconstruction, but the cannon, which rests on a 1961 reconstruction carriage, is one of Fort Sumter's original guns.

Artillery crews drilled daily to increase speed and skill using a variety of specialized tools and implements. Cannoneers were assigned specific duties: sponging the barrel, ramming home powder and shot, sighting, and adjusting the gun's direction.

Crew members would puncture the cartridge bag (containing gunpowder) with a vent pick, place the friction primer, and attach the lanyard, which was yanked on the command "fire." Tasks varied depending on the type of gun and the projectile selected for a given target and range.
Placed ByFort Sumter National Monument, South Carolina - National Park Service - U.S. Department of the Interior
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Date Added Friday, October 17th, 2014 at 7:35pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 605372 N 3624409
Decimal Degrees32.75250000, -79.87516667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 45.15', W 79° 52.51'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 45' 9.00" N, 79° 52' 30.60" W
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Area Code(s)843
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 139-199 Unnamed Road, Charleston SC 29412, US
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