Photo #: NH 61933
IX-inch Dahlgren Smooth-bore Gun,
on a slide-pivot mounting
With its crew at their stations, on board a U.S. Navy gunboat during the Civil War. Photographed by Matthew Brady.
Note anti-boarding netting; ship's wheel at left; cartridge boxes, cutlasses and revolvers worn by some men; gun-handling equipment and Marine by the rear of the gun.
Many sources incorrectly identify this ship as USS Mendota (1864-1867), which did not have a gun of this type in the location seen. It is possible that the ship is USS Miami (1862-1865), which did carry IX-inch guns at the extreme bow and stern. See Photo #s NH 46255 and NH 60873 for views of Miami showing similar details.
The original negative is # 111-B-374 in the National Archives.
U.S. Naval Historical Center Photograph.
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6 March 2001