Manufacturer: various Arsenals
Where made: various
Year(s) made: 1841-
The 24-pounder was a bronze smoothbore, and was part of the 1841 US artillery series. By 1862 it was uncommon in Federal service, because of its short range and heavy weight, but still in Confederate use - valued for its accuracy and 'hitting power'.
Employment at Sharpsburg
There were 4 24-pounder howitzers in Confederate batteries at Sharpsburg.
Find units equipped with these.
spherical case, common shell, cannister
Weight figure is for standard gun carriage (1,128 lb) + tube (1,318 lb).
Max range is for 2.5 lb black powder charge behind an 18.4 lb. shell at 5 degrees elevation.
Photograph adapted from one taken by Peter Schwartz at Gettysburg NMP, and part of an exhibit online.
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.