Civil War Rodman Fortress Cannon Display

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Right side of Rodman cannon display image
Left side of Rodman gun display image

This high quality cannon assembly is mounted on a turnable deck which has a stack of cannon
balls and a wood ammunition case and hoist as accessories. The cannon realistically traverses and is shown above elevated
on its revolving steel and wood platform which for simplicity, we are calling a “turnstyle”.

is a Rodman Civil War Seige or Fortress cannon model with the trunnions in the centered position. It was made by a master
machinist from cold rolled steel with removable turnstyle including a stack of accessory cannon balls, a hoist with wood block,
and a wood ammunition trunk. The miniature hoist replicates how the real cannon balls were moved. The carriage rotates on
the turnstyle a full 360 degrees and the cannon elevates up and down using a scale hand crank. There is a wood ramrod to clean
the bore and to load a charge which is NOT recommended without first having a gunsmith test fire the cannon. The carriage
slides in an out on steel tracks with a wood bumper at the fired end moving from the load to fired position. The recently
made cannon display is said to be “

satisfied by young ordinance Officer, Thomas Jackson Rodman’s results, the War Department in 1860, authorized the casting
of a 15-inch smooth bore Columbiad. Even at that time a gun bigger than anything the world had ever seen. The first 15-inch
gun, “The Lincoln Gun”, made under Rodman’s personal supervision at the Fort Pitt Foundry, was sent to Fortress
Monroe, Va., where it was tested in March 1861 and became a model for the many Rodman guns which followed. This model replicates
the Columbiad cannon design. The picture below shows the display’s relative size compared to a large highball glass, 3
1/4″ D X 4″ T.

Group of items showing size of Rodman cannon display image

The picture below is
that of a typical Rodman Columbiad Civil War cannon installation and is of 
the 15-inch Rodman gun at Battery Rodgers, Alexandria, VA. The cannon’s barrel is slightly above the plane of the

Real Rodnman cannon in Virginia image

is a small touch hole with capped plunger above the rear chamber, but no attempt should be made to fire it without
a qualified gunsmith testing first.

Rodman gun model from the 3/4 rear left image

This cannon is being offered for display only and should not be fired unless inspected by a gunsmith.

Rodman gun model from 3/4 right front image


Display LOA 7 1/2″       Length
Barrel  4 3/4″   Bore .45″ or 45 Cal   Touch hole 1/16″
Maximum Dia. of tube 1″      Dia. Tube at mouth
.77″    Max. Ring Dia. 7″
Weight of display 2 lbs. 13 oz.                                          Diameter
of Lrg. wheels .41″

Front view showing bore of Rodman gun model image

ACCESSORIES: Stack of 5 cannon balls. Wood plank turnstyle. Rectangular Ammunition
box with lid, 1 7/8″ x 1″ x 1″. Small wood rigging block

PROVENANCE: The cannon comes from the maker, a master machinist, acquired
in the normal course of business. It was said to be fired by him using a 35 gram Pyrodex P charge, but this should not be
considered a fool proof test. See CONDITION statement below. The workmanship is of very high quality. Barrel stamped “1861” over touch hole over “Rodman”.

Top view of Rodman gun display image

CONDITION:  Said to be recently made with all the metal parts of cold steel. The 1/16″ touch hole is at
the top of the breech and has a knurled knob. Said to have been fired using a black powder formula. For details see Provenance.
The gun carriage runs on tracks, in and out, from one side of the traversing ring, to the
other. WARNING: The carriage may fly off the track if fired as displayed.

This  fine example
is being sold for display purposes only. No attempt should be made to fire it without inspection and instruction by a


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