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Miniature 1857 Napoleon Civil War Cannon with Bronze Barrel

Miniature 1857 Napoleon Civil War Cannon with Bronze Barrel

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Civil War Miniature 12-Pounder Napoleon Model 1857 Cannon - Bronze Barrel


In December 1862, General R. E. Lee reported towards the Confederate Secretary of War that his army frantically desired more Napoleon guns to counter those in use by the Northern army. The deficiency of Napoleons, Lee wrote, left his artillery "very unequal" with their opponents, with outcomes which were "discouraging to our artillerists" Lee offered that significant amounts of his army’s bronze cannon be melted down and recast into Napoleons. He defined his situation by stating that "the best guns for field service, in my opinion, are the 12-pounder Napoleons" as well as two alternative models of field units. The Napoleon earned its name since its design was first backed by Emperor Louis Napoleon of France in the 1850s. In United States service, the Napoleon gun was formally proclaimed as "Light 12-Pounder Gun, Model 1857." There were few dozen existing in America when the Civil War commenced in 1861, but by the battle of Gettysburg in 1863, Napoleons took over as most in-demand smoothbore cannon for both sides. Before the conclusion of the war, over 1100 Napoleons had been made in the North and greater than 600 in the South. Late in 1864, General Lee’s army was utilizing more Napoleons than all other forms of cannons put together. The Napoleon gun was so frequently used mainly because it was as effective as its predecessors, but lighter and more movable. It was popular because it worked so well. Solid shot, explosive shell, spherical case shot (containing many small balls) and canister could all be shot with deadly effect. Effective range was approximately 1000 yards, and top range was nearly one mile. Rifled cannons could shoot for more distance and more precisely, but were not so effective with canisters. Confederate ammo for rifled guns suffered from such destructive mistakes that Southern gunners were especially partial to using 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: 5.25"
  • Height: 2.25"
  • Weight: 0.5 lbs

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