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Near Sandston in Henrico County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Civil War Artillery

 
 
Civil War Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, January 28, 2009
1. Civil War Artillery Marker
Inscription. This is one of several replicas of 10-pound Parrott Guns (cannon) located in this area. Its maximum effective range was about 2500 yards. The Parrott was a muzzled-loaded rifled canon varying from the 10 to 250 pound projectile size. It can be recognized by the heavy wrought-iron band around the breech. It had greater accuracy and effectiveness than the more commonly used smooth-bore Napoleon Although many styles and types of guns were used in the Civil War, 90 per cent of battle firing came from 10 types: 6 and 12 pound guns; 12, 24 and 32 pound howitzers; 12 pound mountain howitzers; 12 pound Napoleons; 10 and 20 pound Parrotts; 3-inch ordnance.
 
Erected by City of Richmond.
 
Location. 37° 30.866′ N, 77° 20.129′ W. Marker is near Sandston, Virginia, in Henrico County. Marker is at the intersection of South Airport Drive and Clarkson Road, on the right when traveling north on South Airport Drive. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sandston VA 23150, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Civil War Balloonists (approx. 0.2 miles away); Virginia Air National Guard (approx. ¼ mile away); Richmond Defences
10-pound Parrott Gun (replica) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, January 28, 2009
2. 10-pound Parrott Gun (replica)
(approx. 0.3 miles away); McClellan’s Picket Line (approx. one mile away); Battlefield of Seven Pines (approx. 1.1 miles away); Sandston (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fort Lee (approx. 1.2 miles away); a different marker also named Battlefield of Seven Pines (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sandston.
 
More about this marker. This marker is at Richmond International Airport, site of the Battle of Oak Grove (French’s Field, King’s School House). Fought on June 25, 1862, Oak Grove is the considered the traditional opening of the Sevens Days' battles.
 
Also see . . .
1. Oak Grove (French’s Field, King’s School House). CWSAC Battle Summary (Submitted on January 27, 2010, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 

2. Peninsula Campaign – Robert E. Lee and the Seven Days. Civil War Preservation Trust (Submitted on January 27, 2010.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,295 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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