The “Western” Napoleon

Continuing with the theme of artillery displays at Petersburg and adding to the discussion of Napoleons, just outside the visitor center is a 12-pdr Field Gun Model 1857 “modified” which stands apart from the usual lot.  Napoleons were made by five manufacturers during the war.  Most of these were from Massachusetts, (and all but oneContinue reading “The “Western” Napoleon”

The “Mother” Napoleon

Another interesting artillery piece on display at Petersburg: This is the very first 12-pounder Model 1857 Light Field Gun, commonly known as the “Napoleon,” produced.  It’s the prototype from which over 1,000 additional examples were patterned.  The piece is located within the display area of the Visitor Center.  It is in a “pit,” depicting theContinue reading “The “Mother” Napoleon”

A Rare Make of Cannon

While touring around Petersburg Battlefield last weekend, I took some time to get re-examine one of the park’s rare artillery pieces.  Quiz of the week – Name the make and model of this Civil War field gun: Looking at the profile, one might guess James 14-pounder Rifle.  It is definitely bronze.  Very smooth lines.  TheContinue reading “A Rare Make of Cannon”