Miniature 12 Pounder Napoleon Civil War Cannon - Americana Souvenirs and Gifts



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Civil War Miniature 12-Pounder Napoleon Model 1857 Cannon


12-Pounder Light Gun known as the "Napoleon" In December 1862, General R. E. Lee reported to the Confederate Secretary of War that his army desperately needed more Napoleon guns to withstand those used by the Northern army. The lack of Napoleons, Lee wrote, left his artillery "very unequal" to their opponents, with results that were "discouraging to our artillerists" Lee recommended that significant numbers of his army’s bronze cannon be melted down and recast into Napoleons. He defined his standing by stating that "the best guns for field service, in my opinion, are the 12-pounder Napoleons" as well as two alternative varieties of field units. The Napoleon obtained its name since its design was initially subsidized by Emperor Louis Napoleon of France in the 1850s. In U.S. service, the Napoleon gun was formally designated as "Light 12-Pounder Gun, Model 1857." There were only a few dozen around in America when the Civil War started in 1861, but by the battle of Gettysburg in 1863, Napoleons had become the most popular smoothbore cannon for both sides. Before the end of the war, more than 1100 Napoleons had already been created in the North and in excess of 600 in the South. Late in 1864, General Lee’s army was making use of more Napoleons than all other forms of cannons total. The Napoleon gun was so commonly used simply because it was as effective as its forerunners, but lighter and more portable. It was popular because it functioned very well. Solid shot, explosive shell, spherical case shot (containing many small balls) and canister could all be shot with deadly effect. Effective range was about 1000 yards, and highest range was nearly one mile. Rifled cannons could shoot for more distance and a lot more perfectly, but just weren’t so successful with canisters. Confederate ammunition for rifled guns endured such harmful shortcomings that Southern gunners were significantly a fan of the usage of Napoleons. Any Civil War buff would admire this miniature cannon, which is a smaller version of the original.

  • Stylish accent decor piece
  • Makes a nice collection
  • Historical gift item - super for the history buff
  • Made in the USA

  • Measurements
  • Length: 6.5"
  • Height: 3"
  • Weight: 0.75lbs

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