James Pattern II



DIAMETER: 3.73 inches
GUN: 14-pounder James rifle, 3.8-inch caliber
LENGTH: 7 3/4 inches
WEIGHT: 12 pounds
SABOT: Lead with a tin sleeve (missing)
FUZING: James percussion

Charles T. James patented this Pattern II projectile on June 10, 1862, patent #35,521. The projectile's body has eight vertical flanges and is tapered in a manner similar to that of a Schenkl. The flanges are wide on the circumference but narrow as they join the shell. The shell version of this pattern is more common than the solid shot. A number of examples have been recovered from the 1863 Siege of Vicksburg, Mississippi. The last ordnance contract for the manufacture of James projectiles was on July 28, 1864.