Blakely Rifle

1Blakely Rifle
Blakely rifles were smuggled through the blockade from England. Three of these rifles were with Hart's South Carolina Battery (Washington Artillery) attached to J. E. B. Stuart's horse artillery during the Gettysburg campaign. During the Battle of Gettysburg, Hart's battery was detatched and did not participate in the main action. The battery rejoined the Confederate column in time to participate in the repulse of Judson Kilpatrick's ill advised cavalry charge south of Gettysburg on 3 July. (The Blakely rifle pictured here is on the field at Shiloh NMP.)

Bore Diameter 3.4 in (8.64 cm)
Tube Material Steel
Tube Length 59 in (150 cm)
Tube Weight 800 lb (363 kg)
Powder Charge 1 lb (0.45 kg)
Range (5° Elevation) 1,850 yd (1,691 m)
At Gettysburg 3 (CSA)

Dixie Gun Works 2000 Catalog.
Coco, Gregory A., A Concise Guide to the Artillery at Gettysburg. Thomas Publications, Gettysburg, PA, 1998.

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Photograph by Peter Schwartz
Created 21 FEB 2001; Updated 23 JUL 2002