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Miniature Civil War Cannon Caisson

Miniature Civil War Cannon Caisson

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Civil War Miniature Cannon Caisson


In December 1862, General R. E. Lee lamented to the Confederate Secretary of War that his army frantically required additional Napoleon guns to withstand those in use by the Northern army. The lack of Napoleons, Lee wrote, left his artillery "very unequal" with their opponents, with results that were "discouraging to our artillerists" Lee suggested that substantial amounts of his army’s bronze cannon be melted down and recast into Napoleons. He summarized his position by stating 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 earned its name because its design was first financed by Emperor Louis Napoleon of France in the 1850s. In U.S. service, the Napoleon gun was officially assigned as "Light 12-Pounder Gun, Model 1857." There were just a few dozen existing in America when the Civil War began in 1861, but by the battle of Gettysburg in 1863, Napoleons took over as most favored smoothbore cannon for both sides. Before the conclusion of the war, more than 1100 Napoleons had already been manufactured in the North and over 600 in the South. Late in 1864, General Lee’s army was utilizing more Napoleons than all other styles of cannons put together. The Napoleon gun was so widely used because it was as good as its forerunners, but much lighter and more movable. It was widely used because it functioned very well. Solid shot, explosive shell, spherical case shot (containing many small balls) and canister could very well be fired with lethal effect. Effective range was about 1000 yards, and maximum range was just about one mile. Rifled cannons could shoot even farther and more accurately, but were not so successful with canisters. Confederate ammo for rifled guns suffered from such destructive mistakes that Southern gunners were particularly a fan of the use of Napoleons. Any Civil War buff would delight in 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: 4.25"
  • Height: 2"
  • Weight: 1lb

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