Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Model 1857 12-Pounder Gun-Howitzer
Commonly known as the “Napoleon,” this smoothbore was the favored artillery piece in both armies throughout the Civil War. Although it was used at moderate range with explosive shell, it was especially effective at short range with canister shot.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 39° 28.491′ N, 77° 44.73′ W. Marker is in Sharpsburg, Maryland, in Washington County. Marker is on Dunker Church Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located on the Antietam Battlefield, near the Dunker Church. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lee’s Artillery Battalion (here, next to this marker); 3-Inch Ordnance Rifle (here, next to this marker); Model 1841 6-Pounder Gun (here, next to this marker); 10-Pounder Parrott Rifle (here, next to this marker); A Converging Storm of Iron (here, next to this marker); A Savage Continual Thunder (here, “Load” “Commence Firing” (a few steps from this marker); “I Hate Cannons” (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Antietam. National Park Service website. (Submitted on August 18, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. Canon obusier de 12. The Canon obusier de 12, also known as the "Canon de l’Empereur" was a type of canon-obusier (literally "gun-howitzer") developed by France in 1853. Its performance and versatility (it was able to fire either ball, shell, canister or grapeshot) allowed it to replace all the previous field guns, especially the Canon de 8 and the Canon de 12 as well as the two howitzers of the Valée system. The cannon owes its alias to French president and emperor Napoleon III. (Submitted on October 15, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 384 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 18, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. 5, 6. submitted on October 15, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.