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Antietam Artillery Weapon

14-pounder James Rifled Gun

14-pdr. James


Manufacturer: Ames Manufacturing Company

Where made: Chicopee, Massachusetts.

Year(s) made: 1861-

14-lb. James


These were bronze tubed guns built to the James pattern, with the characteristic 3.8" caliber. These were designed and built as James Rifled guns, as compared to the 12-pounder James Rifles (also in service at Antietam) which were Model 1841 6-pounders, bored out and lined with rifled iron or brass sleeves in the James pattern.

Employment at Sharpsburg

There may have been only six of these guns at Antietam, all in Federal service.


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Ammunition Used

James-pattern shell, equivalent bolts & shells, solid shot


3.8 inches

Maximum range

1700 yards

Barrel Length

65 inches

Other notes

Bronze tube weight: 918 lb. Maximum range for 3/4-lb powder charge behind a 14 pound solid shot at 5 degrees elevation.

Photograph above is from the Gettysburg, PA battlefield, by Peter Schwartz - the carriage is probably a modern replacement.

More on the Web

See more about this and other Civil War artillery at the comprehensive Civil War Artillery Page, by Chuck Ten Brink or the very nice Basic Facts page from Jack W. Melton, Jr. The NPS has a fine general introduction to Civil War artillery in a 3-page presentation.

Source information

Johnson, Curt & Anderson, Richard C., Artillery Hell: Employment of Artillery at Antietam, College Station, TX: Texas A&M University Press, 1995; and
Schwartz, Peter, Artillery at Gettysburg online.


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