Miniature Napoleon Civil War Cannon w/ Brass Barrel - Americana Souvenirs and Gifts

Miniature Napoleon Civil War Cannon w/ Brass Barrel

Miniature Napoleon Civil War Cannon w/ Brass Barrel

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Miniature Napoleon Civil War Cannon - Brass Barrel


12-Pounder Light Gun known as the "Napoleon" In December 1862, General R. E. Lee complained towards the Confederate Secretary of War that his army desperately desired additional Napoleon guns to counteract those being used by the Northern army. Lacking Napoleons, Lee wrote, left his artillery "very unequal" with their opponents, with outcomes that were "discouraging to our artillerists" Lee proposed that substantial quantities of his army’s bronze cannon be melted down and recast into Napoleons. He described his situation by stating that "the best guns for field service, in my opinion, are the 12-pounder Napoleons" as well as two other varieties of field pieces. The Napoleon obtained its name due to the fact its design was initially financed by Emperor Louis Napoleon of France in the 1850s. In U.S. service, the Napoleon gun was officially proclaimed as "Light 12-Pounder Gun, Model 1857." There were only 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 the most favored smoothbore cannon for both sides. Before the close of the war, greater than 1100 Napoleons had been manufactured in the North and over 600 in the South. Late in 1864, General Lee’s army was making use of more Napoleons than all other forms of cannons put together. The Napoleon gun was so widespread because it was as effective as its predecessors, but lighter and more portable. It was widely used because it worked so well. Solid shot, explosive shell, spherical case shot (containing many small balls) and canister could all be shot with lethal effect. Effective range was approximately 1000 yards, and top range was nearly one mile. Rifled cannons could shoot for more distance and a lot more perfectly, but were not so effective with canisters. Confederate ammunition for rifled guns suffered from such destructive mistakes that Southern gunners were really partial to the usage of 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
  • Looks great on desk or shelf

  • Measurements
  • Length: 4"
  • Height: 1.75"
  • Weight: 0.25lb