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Sharpsburg in Washington County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Model 1857 12-Pounder Gun-Howitzer

 
 
Model 1857 12-Pounder Gun-Howitzer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 13, 2013
1. Model 1857 12-Pounder Gun-Howitzer Marker
Inscription.
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.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is located on the Antietam Battlefield, near the Dunker Church. Marker is in this post office area: Sharpsburg MD 21782, United States of America.
 
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, next to this marker); New York State Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Twentieth Regiment (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sharpsburg.
 
Also see . . .
1. The Battle of Antietam. National Park Service
Model 1857 12-Pounder Gun-Howitzer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 13, 2013
2. Model 1857 12-Pounder Gun-Howitzer Marker
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.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
Artillery on the Antietam Battlefield image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 13, 2013
3. Artillery on the Antietam Battlefield
The Model 1857 12-Pounder Gun-Howitzer is the second cannon from the right.
Model 1857 12-Pounder Gun-Howitzer image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 13, 2013
4. Model 1857 12-Pounder Gun-Howitzer
Model 1857 12-Pounder Gun-Howitzer Marker<br>Second From the Right image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
5. Model 1857 12-Pounder Gun-Howitzer Marker
Second From the Right
Model 1857 12-Pounder Gun-Howitzer and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 19, 2015
6. Model 1857 12-Pounder Gun-Howitzer and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 331 times since then and 26 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.
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