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Gum-tree mortar barrel

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Description The barrel of a gum-tree mortar made from the trunk of a gum tree and bound with iron bands. It is conventionally bored with a powder chamber and vent. The mortar was used by the 7th Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the 1865 Civil War siege of Spanish Fort, Alabama. The regiment's blacksmith, Private Winborn S. Marsh of Wyattville, Minnesota, reportedly built the weapon by boring the barrel with a two-inch auger and reaming it to size. It was donated by the regiment's Chaplain, Elijah E. Edwards.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 44 centimeters length
28 centimeters diameter
10.2 centimeters diameter bore
22.9 centimeters depth bore
Nomenclature Mortar (artillery)
Creation Made by: Marsh, Private Winborn S.
Made in Wyattville, Winona County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Used by: United States Army, 7th Minnesota Infantry Regiment (1862-1865), Company B
Made in Wyattville, Winona County, Minnesota, United States
Used in Spanish Fort
Used during Civil War
Used in Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, United States
Spanish Fort (Ala.)
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Equipment and supplies.
Armament. Accessories
Armament. Tools & Equipment. Artillery
Armament. Tools & Equipment. Bludgeons
Military. 1861-1865 (Civil & Indian Wars). Equipment & Supplies
Dates Creation: 1865
Content: 1861 - 1865
Civil War
Holding Type 3D Objects
ID Number 4225.H576
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User Comments

  • Joseph Baroco on October 18, 2014 10:40:29 PM

    This is great - much more information than I had hoped to find. Thanks. I learned of the existence of this mortar from one of our members from White Bear Lake, MN. He visits us on occasion and has written at least one article for us. I do have a concern about the line saying " Used in Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, United States". Actually it was used in the siege of Spanish Fort on the other side of Mobile Bay and in Baldwin County, Alabama. The city of Mobile, in Mobile County, surrendered later without a battle. Joe Baroco President, Baldwin County Historical Society

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