D'Annae: A French, Swedish-Style 4-pounder

D'Annae: A French, Swedish-Style 4-pounder (HM5OX)

Location: Manalapan Township, NJ 07726 Monmouth County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 15.817', W 74° 19.191'

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The Battle of Monmouth - 28 June 1778

In 1777, the Continental Army was in desperate need of more field artillery. When 31 Swedish-style 4-pounders arrived in New Hampshire in April, Commander-in-Chief George Washington directed that "they will be forwarded to Camp, as fast as circumstances permit."

The French welcomed the war between their British enemies and the Americans. To support the rebellion, in 1776, the French royal arsenals released tons of surplus weapons. Their conduit to America was a fictitious trading company headed by the flamboyant playwright, Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais. During 1777, Beaumarchais' ships delivered 100, 4-pounders to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and another 53 to Charleston, South Carolina. A few of these were heavy, old-fashioned (1732) guns. The rest were the lighter, more mobile, "Swedish-style" guns.
HM NumberHM5OX
Placed ByThe Battlefield Restoration and Archaeological Volunteer Organization (BRAVO)
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Date Added Thursday, September 18th, 2014 at 11:21pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 557833 N 4457238
Decimal Degrees40.26361667, -74.31985000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 15.817', W 74° 19.191'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 15' 49.02" N, 74° 19' 11.46" W
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Area Code(s)732, 848, 908
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 347 NJ-33, Manalapan Township NJ 07726, US
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