“Napoleon”Named after Napoleon III, Emperor of France, the bronze tube design adopted in 1857 became the most widely used smoothbore artillery piece during the Civil War. At the battle of Antietam the U.S. Army employed 108 "Napoleon" pieces on the field while the Confederate forces had 26. The designation as a 12 pounder is derived from the weight of the solid ball that it fired. Besides solid shot this versatile type of artillery piece could also fire exploding shell, spherical case shot with shrapnel balls and anti-personnel canister rounds with great effect.
|Placed By||U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 at 9:05am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18T E 316209 N 4452654|
|Decimal Degrees||40.20416667, -77.15948333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 40° 12.25', W 77° 9.569'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||40° 12' 15" N, 77° 9' 34.14" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near Army Heritage Trail, Carlisle PA 17013, US|
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