Miniature 1857 Napoleon Civil War Cannon- Bronze Barrel - Americana Souvenirs and Gifts

Miniature 1857 Napoleon Civil War Cannon- Bronze Barrel

Miniature 1857 Napoleon Civil War Cannon- Bronze Barrel

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


12-Pounder Light Fun 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 deal with those in use by the Northern army. Lacking Napoleons, Lee wrote, left his artillery "very unequal" with their opponents, with results which were "discouraging to our artillerists" Lee recommended that large quantities of his army’s bronze cannon be melted down and recast into Napoleons. He described his position by proclaiming that "the best guns for field service, in my opinion, are the 12-pounder Napoleons" and a couple alternative varieties of field units. The Napoleon inherited its name due to the fact its design was initially subsidized by Emperor Louis Napoleon of France in the 1850s. In United States service, the Napoleon gun was technically proclaimed as "Light 12-Pounder Gun, Model 1857." There were few dozen around in the United States when the Civil War started in 1861, but by the battle of Gettysburg in 1863, Napoleons took over as preferred smoothbore cannon for both sides. Before the close of the war, greater than 1100 Napoleons had already been created in the North and greater than 600 in the South. Late in 1864, General Lee’s army was making use of more Napoleons than all other types of cannons combined. The Napoleon gun was so frequently used because it was as effective as its predecessors, but lighter and more mobile. It was preferred because it performed very well. Solid shot, explosive shell, spherical case shot (containing many small balls) and canister could be fired with lethal effect. Effective range was approximately 1000 yards, and greatest range was almost one mile. Rifled cannons could shoot a greater distance and a lot more perfectly, but just weren’t so effective with canisters. Confederate ammo for rifled guns experienced such damaging mistakes that Southern gunners were particularly partial to using Napoleons. Any Civil War buff would appreciate 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: 8"
  • Height: 3.5"
  • Weight: 1lb

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