An early make Cyrus Alger Napoleon gun pointed at Laurel Hill

It has been a while since I published a real “artillery” post.  So let me renew my “quals” on cannon posts! Four years ago, I offered up a post about 12-pdr Napoleon guns with the line “all Napoleons look alike until you examine them up close.”  From that starting point, and with some deliberation, IContinue reading “An early make Cyrus Alger Napoleon gun pointed at Laurel Hill”

Officers of the Horse Artillery… had a handle on their Napoleon

One of the interesting facets to the Winter Encampment of the Army of the Potomac in 1864 is the large number of photographs taken.  Anyone who was anyone posed for a photo or two as the photographers practiced their trade.  Among the many photos is this one showing the officers of the Horse Artillery: TheContinue reading “Officers of the Horse Artillery… had a handle on their Napoleon”

All those captured guns from Missionary Ridge

Let me pull up one of the famous wartime artillery photographs taken at Chattanooga which features artillery. I count eighteen tubes in this view. All 12-pdr Napoleons. Some with the straight muzzle of Confederate manufacture. Others with a muzzle swell, which could be captured Federal (but not in this case) or those of early Confederate manufacture.