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Photograph of a 300-Pound Parrott Rifle, Morris Island, 1863, By Haas & Peale

Albumen photograph, approx. 6.875 x 4.375 in., mounted to 8.75 x 6.125 in., featuring four federal soldiers surrounding a 300-pound Parrott rifle with shattered muzzle, ca August 1863. Credited on mount to Haas & Peale, Morris Island & Hilton Head, SC, with applied paper caption reading, "No. 12.300-pounder Parrot [sic] Rifle---after bursting of muzzle." Ink signature and inscription on verso read, "Lt Wm E Hall ADG[?] / No 12." Pencil inscription on mount reads, "but [sic] of muzzle carried away."

The 300-pound Parrott was requested by Brigadier General Quincy Gilmore in July of 1863 to be mounted at Battery Strong on Morris Island, SC, for use in operations against Fort Sumter. The gun arrived from New York in August, and was manned, under the direction of Captain Sylvester Gray, by the 7th Connecticut Infantry. (Some of the men featured in the photograph offered here were likely part of that regiment). On August 20th, a shell burst prematurely near the end of the cannon barrel and broke off part of the muzzle. The jagged edges were then ground down and the gun continued firing at Fort Sumter with success. 

Condition:

Photograph somewhat toned, with a few spots of discoloration and scratching, and some wear to edges. Mount with surface soil, spotting, and wear to edges. 

Estimate: $700 - $900
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium
$438
11/15/2019

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