Manufacturer: various Armories
Where made: various
Year(s) made: 1841-62
One of the series of artillery designed in 1841, and was very effective in the Mexican War (1847-8). Originally a bronze-tubed weapon, often produced of iron in Confederate manufacture, it was falling out of favor by 1862 because of its reduced power as compared to the Napoleon, for instance.
Employment at Sharpsburg
At least 58 of these pieces saw service in Confederate batteries at Sharpsburg, but none were known to be used by the Federals on the Campaign.
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Solid shot (6.1 lb), spherical case, common shell, and cannister.
1450 feet per second
Total weight = bronze tube (884 lb) + carriage (900 lb). Maximum range for 1-lb powder charge behind a 6.1 pound solid shot at 5 degrees elevation.
More on the Web
Johnson, Curt & Anderson, Richard C., Artillery Hell: Employment of Artillery at Antietam, College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 1995.