Dahlgren Boat Howitzers

Part 1:  Design History and Evolution

Part 2:  Carriages

Part 3:  Variants

Part 4: Ammunition

Part 5: Employment and Drill

Part 6: Brief Service History

12-pdr Dahlgren Heavy Boat Howitzer

12-pdr Dahlgren Small Boat Howitzer

3.4-inch (12-pdr) Rifled Boat Howitzers


USMC Museum 15 Jan 11 062

5 responses to “Dahlgren Boat Howitzers

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  2. Is there any accounting of where the Dahlgren Howitzer Cannon(rifles) now reside? I witnessed a fine example of a Dahlgren Howitzer at Memorial services in a small community in southeast Kansas. It has J.A.D. stamped on the gun as well as U.S. N.Y. WASHINGTON . Is there a way to better trace it’s origins and disposition?
    Thank you

    • Gary, I gather you are looking for a service history of that particular weapon. In some cases, yes the story of the gun is documented through surviving inventory documentation. The registry numbers provide the key to match with the documents. However, in the case of the gun in question, I don’t know anything of its past.

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