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Lookout Mountain in Hamilton County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Civil War Artillery

 
 
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By Dale K. Benington, July 31, 2012
1. Civil War Artillery Marker
Inscription. The Six-Pounder

The smallest regulation gun of the Civil War was the six-pounder. Such guns, firing projectiles only 3.67 inches in diameter, often lacked sufficient power and range; however, both Union and Confederate forces continued to use these guns throughout the war.

The Napoleon

This twelve-pounder gun was developed in France after tests initiated by Louis Napoleon in 1850. The Napoleon was deadly in the American Civil War in the relatively wooded country. Field engagements beyond the weapon's 1,680-yard range were few.

Load

1 sponges. 2 takes round from 5, puts it in gun. 1 rams round home, while 3 holds thumb on vent. G sights gun. When round is in, 3 goes to trail, moves it as G orders "Trail right" or "Trail left." 5 gets another round from 6 or 7 at limber where 6 cuts fuses. G steps clear to side where he can best observe effect of fire.
Gives command...

Ready

1 and 2 step clear. 3
Civil War Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 31, 2012
2. Civil War Artillery Marker
View of the historic marker affixed to the front outside wall of the Battles of Chattanooga Museum.
pricks cartridge. 4 hooks lanyard to primer, puts primer in vent. 3 covers vent with left hand, 4 moves to rear, keeping lanyard just slack,
G Gives command...

Fire

3 steps clear of wheel. 4 pulls lanyard. G orders gun run up. Sequence continues with "Load."

[Caption from photograph]:

Murfreesboro, TN - 1863. Illinois Light Artillery, serving in General Rosecrans' army, turns out in full regalia with all its gear and horses. The battery was equipped with a variety of weapons: two 12-pound Napoleons (left); two 3-inch ordinance rifles (middle) and a pair of 6-pounder guns.
 
Location. 35° 0.56′ N, 85° 20.627′ W. Marker is in Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, in Hamilton County. Marker is on East Brow Road near Point Park Road. Click for map. This historic marker is located on the top of Lookout Mountain, very near Nation Park Service's, Point Park, affixed to the front outside wall of the Battles of Chattanooga Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1110 East Brow Road, Lookout Mountain TN 37350, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Soldier Tourists (a few steps from this
Civil War Artillery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, July 31, 2012
3. Civil War Artillery Marker
View of the historic marker affixed to the side of the Battles of Chattanooga Museum, with a distant view of the entrance to Point Park at the end of the street.
marker); The Battles for Chattanooga (within shouting distance of this marker); Point Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Stevenson's Division (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Occupation of the Summit of Lookout. (about 400 feet away); Union Casualties (about 400 feet away); Confederate Casualties (about 400 feet away); 96th Illinois Infantry (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Lookout Mountain.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 364 times since then and 10 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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