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Near Atlantic Beach in Carteret County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Model 1841 6-pounder Field Cannon

 
 
Model 1841 6-pounder Field Cannon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 2, 2010
1. Model 1841 6-pounder Field Cannon Marker
Inscription. Smallest caliber cannon used in the War Between the States. Several of these were used as secondary armament in Fort Macon during 1834-1861 to defend vulnerable areas against assaults.

Weight of Bronze Barrel ........887 Pounds
Weight of Gun Carriage .........900 Pounds
Weight of Shot....................6 Pounds
Gunpowder Charge ...............1 Pounds
Range (at 5)...................1523 Yards
Normal Gun Crew......................7 Men
 
Location. 34° 41.772′ N, 76° 40.733′ W. Marker is near Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, in Carteret County. Marker is on Fort Macon Road, on the right when traveling east. Click for map. Located on the Parade Field of Fort Macon, Fort Macon State Park. Marker is in this post office area: Atlantic Beach NC 28512, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Model 1861 10-inch Siege Mortars (a few steps from this marker); Hot Shot Furnace (within shouting distance of this marker); Rifled 32-pounder (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Fort Macon (within shouting distance of this marker); Model 1841 Navy 32-pounder (within shouting
Model 1841 6-pounder Field Cannon and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 2, 2010
2. Model 1841 6-pounder Field Cannon and Marker
distance of this marker); Mortar Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Cistern (within shouting distance of this marker); 30-Pounder Parrott Rifle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Atlantic Beach.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Model 1841 6-pounder Gun image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 2, 2010
3. Model 1841 6-pounder Gun
The 6-pdr retains its front sight blade, which is often broken on surviving examples.
Trunnion Markings image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, May 2, 2010
4. Trunnion Markings
The markings indicate this cannon was produced by Miles Greenwood's foundry in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1864. It bears the foundry number 190. The date is noteworthy. By that time in the war, most units had turned in the 6-pdr smoothbores for larger 12-pdrs or rifled guns. Likely the gun was produced for a private contract or state militia.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,640 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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