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Near Atlantic Beach in Carteret County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Model 1841 Navy 32-pounder

(Replica)

 
 
Model 1841 Navy 32-pounder Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 2, 2010
1. Model 1841 Navy 32-pounder Marker
Inscription.  This cannon is a replica of a smoothbore Model 1841 Navy 32-pounder which stood here during the War Between the States. Cannons of this caliber comprised almost half of Ft. Macon's armament. The 32-pounder is so named because it fired round iron cannonball weighing 32 pounds.

Weight of Cannon Barrel ............4700 Pounds
Weight of Barbette Gun Carriage.....4200 Pounds
Weight of Projectile .................32 Pounds
Gunpowder Charge ......................6 Pounds
Range (at 5°) ..............1756 yards (1 Mile)
Normal Gun Crew ..........................5 Men

Sponsored by Fort Macon Civil War Roundtable. Dedicated to officers and men from the Confederate and Union forces who served during the War Between the States in coastal North Carolina.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1841.
 
Location. 34° 41.766′ N, 76° 40.713′ W. Marker is near Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, in Carteret County. Marker is on Fort Macon Road, on the right when traveling east. Located on the parapet
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of Fort Macon, Fort Macon State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Atlantic Beach NC 28512, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hot Shot Furnace (a few steps from this marker); Model 1861 10-inch Siege Mortars (within shouting distance of this marker); Model 1841 6-pounder Field Cannon (within shouting distance of this marker); Rifled 32-pounder (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Fort Macon (within shouting distance of this marker); Mortar Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Carronade Battery (within shouting distance of this marker); Cistern (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlantic Beach.
 
More about this marker. On the right are a set of diagrams depicting the firing sequence of the 32-pounder cannon.
 
Replica 32-pounder and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 2, 2010
2. Replica 32-pounder and Marker
Replica 32-pounder image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Craig Swain, May 2, 2010
3. Replica 32-pounder
The cannon is mounted on a reconstructed front pintle barbette carriage.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 5, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,477 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 5, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.

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Dec. 6, 2023