CDV featuring the Rodman gun cannon tube elevated on a Pennsylvania Railroad train car, with several men standing around the gun and one man lying inside of the barrel, with his head and chest just visible through its enormous twenty-inch opening. Burnite & Weldon: Harrisburg, PA. Designed by Thomas Jackson Rodman, this twenty-inch behemoth was the largest in his series of nearly identical columbiads created for use during the Civil War. It was cast at Fort Pitt Foundry in Pittsburgh in February of 1864 and transported to its intended home at Fort Hamilton in New York where it was assembled and tested for the first time on October 25th in front of a large crowd including Secretary of War Edwin Stanton.
CDV with surface soil, spots of discoloration and wear to edges and corners.
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