Photo #: NH 1797
Damaged Dahlgren gun from CSS Virginia
Halftone reproduction of a photograph, probably taken at the Washington Navy Yard, D.C., circa the late 19th or early 20th Century. Several other guns, relics of the Civil War and earlier conflicts, are beyond.
This gun, presumably one of Virginia's six IX-inch Dahlgren smoothbores, had its muzzle shot off in Virginia's engagement with USS Cumberland and USS Congress on 8 March 1862. Its trunnions and cascabel were mutilated, though not not beyond use, by U.S. forces during the abandonment of the Norfolk Navy Yard on 20 April 1861.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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9 May 2001