Model 1857 Light 12 Pound Gun-Howitzer

Model 1857 Light 12 Pound Gun-Howitzer (HM1ZFH)

Location: Carlisle, PA 17013 Cumberland County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 12.25', W 77° 9.569'

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“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.
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HM NumberHM1ZFH
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Placed ByU.S. Army Heritage and Education Center
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Date Added Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 at 9:05am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 316209 N 4452654
Decimal Degrees40.20416667, -77.15948333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 12.25', W 77° 9.569'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 12' 15" N, 77° 9' 34.14" W
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Area Code(s)717
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Army Heritage Trail, Carlisle PA 17013, US
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