Greenville in Greenville County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
6 inch Field Howitzer Model of 1908
This type of gun was used by the United States for training purposes in World War I (1917-1918). Our French allies had requested that all pre-1917 American guns by relegated to training purposes only. Our allies supplied all of our artillery needs overseas. This allowed us to get more men on ships being sent across the Atlantic Ocean to aid our British and French allies. The howitzer was designed to shell enemy trenches from great distances. The 6 inch Field Howitzer was one of the largest tactical guns used by the United States. It fired several types of ammunition including High Explosive (HE), Shrapnel, and Gas shells. Guns such as this were produced by the Watervliet Arsenal in Troy, New York. Howitzers were used in World War I to continuously shell enemy trenches during the day and throughout the night. This was done to rattle the nerves of the enemy and keep them from getting any rest. The shelling also was done to destroy enemy trenches and collapse dugouts. An offensive attack usually followed this type of barrage. This type of howitzer was still used by the American Army at the beginning of World War II.
Topics. This historical marker War, World I • War, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1917.
Location. 34° 51.367′ N, 82° 23.65′ W. Marker is in Greenville, South Carolina, in Greenville County. Marker is on North Academy Street. Marker is located about 1000 feet east of the American Legion War Museum, near the parking lot's far corner. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 430 North Main Street, Greenville SC 29605, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 75 mm Field Gun / 3 inch M1903 (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kilgore-Lewis House (about 500 feet away); 90 mm M-2 Anti-Aircraft Gun (about 500 feet away); Post 3 American Legion (about 600 feet away); McPherson Park (about 700 feet away); Eighty Unnamed Soldiers (about 800 feet away); Kershaw Brigade (approx. 0.2 miles away); Greenville County Confederate Monument (approx. 0.2 miles away); In Memory of 81st Wildcat Division / Camp Sevier (approx. 0.2 miles away); SC Ordinance of Secession (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
Also see . . .
1. 6 inch field howitzer M-1908. The 6 inch Field Howitzer M-1908 was the standard American heavy howitzer before World War I. (Submitted on December 20, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. Watervliet Arsenal. The Watervliet Arsenal is an arsenal of the United States Army located in Watervliet, New York, on the west bank of the Hudson River. (Submitted on July 27, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 20, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,635 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 20, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.