Savannah in Chatham County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Napoleon 12-Pounder Field Gun Model 1857
The twelve-pound Napoleon smoothbore cannon was developed in France in 1853 and was named for the Emperor Napoleon III. It was adopted and manufactured in the United States in 1857. It was the mainstay of artillery for both the Union and Confederate armies during the American Civil War.
Napoleon cannons were maneuverable, rugged and dependable and were effective in long range fire as well as close range action. The tube is made of bronze, which is a mixture of copper and tin and fired a twelve solid iron cannon ball.
This cannon was manufactured by H.N.H. & Company and was the 178th gun produced by this company in the Northern United States in 1863.
The Napoleon 12-Pounder Field Gun Model 1857 Statistics
Tube weight: 1230 lbs.
Tube length: 66"
Maximum range: 1660 yards
Charge: 2.5 lbs black powder
Ammo: solid (12-pound ball), spherical case (shrapnel), shell, cannister
Rate of fire: 3-4 rounds per minute
Piece weight 2355 lbs.
Muzzle velocity: 1485 fps. (feet per second)
Total manufactured: Union 1156 - Confederate 501
Location. 32° 4.913′ N, 81° 2.148′ Click for map. North (left) off of Presidents Street (US80) at Woodcock Street ,east (right) off of Woodcock Street onto Fort Jackson Road,Located at Old Fort Jackson. Marker is in this post office area: Savannah GA 31404, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Republican Blues (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Garrison of Fort Jackson (about 300 feet away); Construction of Fort Jackson (about 400 feet away); Colonials at Bonaventure (approx. 2.5 miles away); Fred Wessels, Senior (approx. 2.7 miles away); King Cotton (approx. 2.7 miles away); The History of Victor B. Jenkins Jr. Memorial Boys Club (approx. 2.7 miles away); Savannah's Liberty Ships and the Atlantic Bridge (approx. 2.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Savannah.
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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