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Carlisle in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Model 1857 Light 12 Pound Gun-Howitzer

“Napoleon”

 
 
Model 1857 Light 12 Pound Gun-Howitzer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
1. Model 1857 Light 12 Pound Gun-Howitzer Marker
Inscription. Named after Napoleon III, Emperor of France, the bronze tube design adopted in 1857 became the most widely used smoothbore artillery piece during the Civil War. At the battle of Antietam the U.S. Army employed 108 “Napoleon” pieces on the field while the Confederate forces had 26. The designation as a 12 pounder is derived from the weight of the solid ball that it fired. Besides solid shot this versatile type of artillery piece could also fire exploding shell, spherical case shot with shrapnel balls and anti-personnel canister rounds with great effect.
 
Erected by U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center.
 
Location. 40° 12.25′ N, 77° 9.569′ W. Marker is in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Marker can be reached from Soldiers Drive west of Army Heritage Drive. Touch for map. Located along the Army Heritage Trail. Marker is at or near this postal address: 950 Soldiers Dr, Carlisle PA 17013, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bugler John Cook (here, next to this marker); A Toll Paid in Blood (here, next to this marker); Drummer Jarvis Hanks (within shouting distance of this marker); Training Center
Insert - a battery deployed image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
2. Insert - a battery deployed
(within shouting distance of this marker); Obstacle Course (within shouting distance of this marker); A Soldier Story (within shouting distance of this marker); The Carlisle Forge (within shouting distance of this marker); A New German Offender: (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlisle.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Insert - Confederate dead at Antietam image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
3. Insert - Confederate dead at Antietam
Insert - firing table image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
4. Insert - firing table
A "Napoleon" and limber on display image. Click for full size.
By Larry Gertner, September 11, 2012
5. A "Napoleon" and limber on display
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 5, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 4, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. This page has been viewed 36 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on July 4, 2017, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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