Battle of Fort Sumter Online Exhibit

A Ten-inch Columbiad Mounted as a Mortar at Fort Sumter

Illustration of three soldiers standing by a large cannon inside Fort Sumter.

Caption: A Ten-inch Columbiad Mounted as a Mortar at Fort Sumter - (Drawn by an Officer of Major Anderson's Command)

Source: Illustration from Harper's Weekly, February 16, 1861, page 100.

Columbiads were cannons that could fire heavy projectiles at long ranges, which made them well-suited for use in coastal defense at places like Fort Sumter.

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Last Updated: April 4, 2012