A friend of mine has been looking for prime source information regarding the name "Columbiad" on and off for many years. He is still looking, and I thought maybe the power of the internet could help him.
He wants to find the true origin of the name "Columbiad" as applied to large seacoast cannon, probably beginning with the "50 pounders" I see listed in early 19th C. inventories of the armament of various forts.
He's seen all of the secondary works that attribute the name to the Columbia foundry, and some other possible origins, but he's not buying any of those undocumented, anecdotal-type explanations. He wants to get to the true origin, and wants to be able to document it.
Any assistance you can give him will be greatly appreciated.
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