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Photographer: Craig Swain
Taken: February 9, 2007
Caption: Naval Howitzer
Additional Description: Contrasting with Chew's rifled Blakely and Ordnance guns, the Portsmouth Artillery used smoothbore howitzers similar to this one now on display at the Fairfax, Va., Court House. Designed for use by naval landing parties, the entire weapon was easily broken down for transport by boat or cart. So light was the entire piece, the howitzer was often pulled by the gun crew as opposed to being drawn by horses. The navy howitzer also differed from standard field pieces by having an elevating screw that passed through the knob at the breech (rear) of the piece.
Submitted: August 12, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.
Database Locator Identification Number: p5800
File Size: 1.693 Megabytes
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