Field Artillery Limber
Field artillery cannon, like 6-pounder guns and 20-pounder Parrotts, were towed from location to location by two wheeled carriages called limbers. Teams of six or four horses, grouped in pairs, were harnessed to the limbers, and the left side horses were ridden by "drivers" who controlled the animals.
The limbers were also used to transport the cannon's ammunition chests. These chests, when emptied, could be unfastened, removed and replaced with full ones. Tarpaulins or tents were strapped to the tops of these chests and were used to cover the cannon when they were not in use. The cannoneers rode on top of the chests when traveling.
Location. 30° 41.594′ N, 91° 16.567′ W. Marker is in Port Hudson, Louisiana, in East Feliciana Parish. Marker can be reached from State Highway 61. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 236 Highway 61, Jackson LA 70748, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Port Hudson (a few steps from this marker); U.S. Army 20-Pounder Parrott Rifle (a few steps from this marker); Union Battery No. 1 (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Navy 42-Pounder Gun, Model 1816 On Barbette Carriage
More about this marker. Located on the grounds of the Port Hudson State Historic site.
Also see . . . Official Port Hudson State site. (Submitted on January 11, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.)
Categories. • Roads & Vehicles • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 11, 2019, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 37 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 11, 2019.