Photo #: NH 1896
Damaged Dahlgren gun from CSS Virginia (ex-USS Merrimack)
Photographed at the Washington Navy Yard, D.C., 27 April 1933. Several other guns, relics of the Civil War and earlier conflicts, are beyond.
The gun is inscribed: "One of the Guns of the MERRIMAC in the action with the U.S. Frigates CUMBERLAND and CONGRESS March 8th 1862 when the chase was shot off". The lower inscription reads: "The mutilation of Trunnions &c shows the ineffectual attempts to destroy the Gun, when the U.S. abandoned the Norfolk Navy Yard, April 20th 1861".
This gun, presumably one of Virginia's six IX-inch Dahlgren smoothbore guns, was on exhibit at Dahlgren, Virginia, in 1973.
The Parrott gun (second from right in the row behind) is inscribed "Tug Teaser"
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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9 May 2001