Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Model 1857 12-Pounder Gun-Howitzer
Commonly known as the “Napoleon,” this smoothbore was the favored artillery piece in both armies throughout the Civil War. Although it was used at moderate range with explosive shell, it was especially effective at short range with canister shot.
Location. 39° 28.491′ N, 77° 44.73′ W. Marker is in Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Dunker Church Road, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is located on the Antietam Battlefield, near the Dunker Church. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lee’s Artillery Battalion (here, next to this marker); 3-Inch Ordnance Rifle (here, next to this marker); Model 1841 6-Pounder Gun (here, next to this marker); 10-Pounder Parrott Rifle (here, next to this marker); A Converging Storm of Iron (here, next to this marker); A Savage Continual Thunder (here, next to this marker); New York State Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Twentieth Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Sharpsburg.
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Antietam. National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 18, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Canon obusier de 12. The Canon obusier de 12, also known as the "Canon de l’Empereur" was a type of canon-obusier (literally "gun-howitzer") developed by France in 1853. Its performance and versatility (it was able to fire either ball, shell, canister or grapeshot) allowed it to replace all the previous field guns, especially the Canon de 8 and the Canon de 12 as well as the two howitzers of the Valée system. The cannon owes its alias to French president and emperor Napoleon III. (Submitted on October 15, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 292 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 5, 6. submitted on , by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.