War Memorials of Wisconsin

4.2 inch Parrott rifle

The Civil War breech-loader 4.2 inch Parrott rifle was made in several distinctive versions by the West Point Foundry of Cold Spring, New York.

- The Navy version was 102" long* and weighed 3,500 lbs. Early guns had muzzle swell, later ones did not.
- The Army version was 126" long* and weighed 4,200 lbs. Early guns had muzzle swell, later ones did not.
- The Confederate version was 132" long* and weighed 4,700 lbs. All had muzzle swell.

*lengths listed above are not overall lengths; they do not include the breech ball

There are 5 known 4.2 inch Parrott rifles on display in Wisconsin.  They are at the following locations:

City Located Photo(s) Gun info Mount info Location GPS Map(s)
Evansville, WI Navy, ???
1863, No.214
concrete display base Lake Leota Park along Hwy 59 N 42 47.223'
W 89 18.251'
New Lisbon, WI Army, 904
1863, No.224
concrete display base Heritage Park,
along Hwys 12, 16, & 80
N 43 52.463'
W 90 09.968'
Racine, WI Navy, 227
1863, No.228
granite display base East gun at Monument Square,
Main St between 5th & 6th
N 42 43.644'
W 87 46.983'
Racine, WI Navy, ???
1862, No.53
granite display base West gun at Monument Square,
Main St between 5th & 6th
N 42 43.644'
W 87 46.983'
Stevens Point, WI Army, 303
1864, No.360
stone display base Portage County G.A.R. Memorial,
across from courthouse
N 44 31.264'
W 89 34.790'

*Gun Info: Version, Foundry number / Year of Manufacture, Registry number

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