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Andersonville in Sumter County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

6 - pounder Field Gun

 
 
6 - pounder Field Gun Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 22, 2011
1. 6 - pounder Field Gun Marker
Inscription. With these guns, a few guards were able to control thousands of prisoners. Canister could cut a wide swath through a crowd.

Gun tube:
Bronze, 884 lbs.
Smoothbore, diameter 3.67 inches

Projectile:
Solid shot, Case shot, Canister

Range:
Solid shot 1,523 yds.
Case shot 1,200 yds.
Canister effective to 6oo yds.

(1) Solid shot - attached to wooden sabot with tin straps.

(2) Shell - complete fixed round. Cartridge bag tied to sabot. Paper bag in place.

(3) Case Shot - contained 4.5-ounce burster and 78 musket balls.

(4) Canister - contained 27 cast iron shot, average weight 0.43 pound in tin case, nailed to sabot

 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 32° 11.833′ N, 84° 7.779′ W. Marker is in Andersonville, Georgia, in Sumter County. Marker is on Cemetery Road north of Prison Site Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. This historical marker is just east of the residential area of the village of Andersonville, in a National Park. Marker is in this post office area: Andersonville GA 31711, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other
6 - pounder Field Gun Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 22, 2011
2. 6 - pounder Field Gun Marker
View of the historical marker in the foreground with the 6-pounder Field Gun directly behind it. Some of the defensive earthworks can be seen in the background.
markers are within walking distance of this marker. 3 - inch Ordnance Rifle (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial Day Order (within shouting distance of this marker); Wisconsin (within shouting distance of this marker); The North Gate (within shouting distance of this marker); Rhode Island (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Father Peter Whelan (about 300 feet away); Lizabeth A. Turner (about 300 feet away); Clara Barton (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Andersonville.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located in what use to be a Confederate military prison, in a small fortification that protected the prison both from Union military forces on the outside and from a mass uprising of the prisoners on the inside.
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesForts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
6 - pounder Field Gun Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 22, 2011
3. 6 - pounder Field Gun Marker
Another view of the historical marker beside the 6-pounder Field Gun. Some of the defensive earthworks can be seen immediately beyond the field gun and marker.
6 - pounder Field Gun Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 22, 2011
4. 6 - pounder Field Gun Marker
View of both the historical marker and the featured 3-inch Ordnance Rifle in the foreground with a view of the site of the prison in the distant left/rear (southeast) of the picture.
6 - pounder Field Gun Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, June 22, 2011
5. 6 - pounder Field Gun Marker
A distant view taken from the site of the prison of both the historical marker and the 3-inch Ordnance Rifle (far left) situated in an earthwork enclosure just outside of the prison.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 402 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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