Historic Markers Across Alabama

VII in. Brooke Rifle # S-5

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: at the intersection of Broad Street (U.S. 80) and Selma Avenue, Selma, Alabama
County: Dallas
Coordinates: N 32° 24.578    W 087° 1.247
  32.40963333    -87.02078333
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMGZJ5


Side 1:
Cast Aug 24, 1863 in Selma at the Confederate Naval Gun Foundry under direction of Commander Cates by ap R. Jones. Was first gun shipped from the Selma Foundry. Served as stern pivot gun on the Selma-built ironclad ram CSS Tennessee. During the Battle of Mobile Bay the wounding of Admiral Franklin Buchanan and the deaths of both men killed aboard the Tennessee occurred at this gun. This is the only surviving naval gun from the Battle of Mobile Bay located in what was the Confederate States of America.

Side 2:
Designed by Lt. John M. Brooke CSN "to be used against Iron-Clads."
Weight: 15,300 lbs
Length: 12 feet, 3 ½ inches
Range: 7900 yards (4 ½ miles)
Brooke Rifles were reported accurate enough to "hit a barrel at a mile every pop."
Captured by the Federal Navy August 5, 1864 and taken to US Navy Yard in Washington, DC. Returned on loan in 1981 to the Selma-Dallas County Museum of History and Archives from the Naval Historical Center.

End of VII in. Brooke Rifle # S-5