Port Hudson in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
U.S. Navy 42-Pounder Gun, Model 1816 On Barbette Carriage
Both the U.S. Army and Navy started using 42-pounder cannons early in the 19th century. They were among the largest cannons in use at that time. Due to their great size and weight, these cannons were used only at established forts and on the largest warships
Large cannons, such as the 42-pounders, were mounted on barbette carriages. These carriages were made of wood and iron. The front of the carriage was secured to a pivot point called a pintle. Two wheels at the rear of the carriage ran on an iron track, allowing the carriage to be aimed in a 120 degree arc.
The Confederates and southern states captured many cannons when they seized military installations at the beginning of the Civil War. These cannons were used to arm Confederate warships and land defenses.
Length - 121 inches
Weight - 7870 pounds
Bore Diameter - 7 inches
Range - 1955 yards
Solid Shot Size - 42.5 pounds
Shell Weight - 31.3 pounds
Spherical-case Shot Weight - 39 pounds
Cannister Weight - 40 pounds
Grape Weight - 51.3 pounds
Powder Charge - 9 pounds
Location. 30° 41.613′ N, 91° 16.547′ W. Marker is in Port Hudson, Louisiana, in East Feliciana Parish. Marker can be reached from Old Highway Touch for map. Located at the Port Hudson State Historic Site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 236 US-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 (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Battery No. 1 (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Navy 8 - Inch Shell Gun (approx. 0.2 miles away); U.S. Navy 32 Pounder Gun (approx. 0.2 miles away); Union Battery No. 6 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Union Batteries 7 and 8 (approx. 0.3 miles away); Flag of Truce (approx. 0.3 miles away); Union Trench (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Hudson.
Also see . . . Port Hudson State Historic Site. (Submitted on July 28, 2015.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
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