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Dover in Stewart County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

6-pounder Gun

 
 
6-pounder Gun Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
1. 6-pounder Gun Marker
Inscription. The 6-pounder was the prime artillery piece of the Mexican War and the smallest regulation gun of the Civil War. The Confederacy and the Union armies in the west used it extensively, but it was replaced in the Union armies in the east by the Napoleon and the rifled gun. Its normal range was 1500 yards. It fired fixed ammunition - either solid shot, spherical case, or canister.
 
Location. 36° 28.927′ N, 87° 51.821′ W. Marker is in Dover, Tennessee, in Stewart County. Marker is on Fort Donelson Park Road, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Located across the street from the visitor center in the Fort Donelson National Battlefield. Marker is in this post office area: Dover TN 37058, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Porter's Battery (a few steps from this marker); Federal Troops and Casualties at Fort Donelson (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Confederate Troops and Casualties at Fort Donelson (about 300 feet away); Fort Donelson (about 300 feet away); Fort Donelson Confederate Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); Confederate Monument
6-pounder Gun and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
2. 6-pounder Gun and Marker
The 6-pdr Model 1841 next to the marker was produced in 1861 by Cyrus Alger of Boston, Massachusetts. It weighed 887 pounds and was assigned registry number 185, after inspection by T. J. Rodman.
(approx. 0.2 miles away); Forrest's Escape (approx. ¼ mile away); Battle of Dover (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dover.
 
Categories. War, Mexican-AmericanWar, US Civil
 
Muzzle of Smoothbore 6-pdr image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
3. Muzzle of Smoothbore 6-pdr
Showing the registry number 185.
Model 1841 6-pounder Gun image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, September 4, 2010
4. Model 1841 6-pounder Gun
A second 6-pdr sits on display closer to the visitor center, on the opposite side of the road from the marker. This piece was produced by Cyrus Alger in 1844. It is registry number 74, weighing 891 pounds. It was inspected by John Wolfe Ripley.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 15, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 664 times since then and 51 times this year. Last updated on May 3, 2015, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 15, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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