Hotchkiss Mountain Howitzer

Date:
1885

Replacing the M1841 Mountain Howitzer, this was the first original breech-loading gun in the US Army. It provided fire support to the US Cavalry during the late Indian Wars. The Hotchkiss also saw action in the Spanish-American War and Philippine Insurrection, 1898-1900. It has a range of 4,000 yards and fires explosive shell and canister rounds. The M1875 weighed 336 pounds and could be broken down into two loads and, with its ammunition, carried on the backs of three mules.

Location:
1713 Southwest 11th Street Lawton, OK 73501
Identifier:
2010.7100.0003
Institution:
National Artillery Museum

Union Cavalry Musician's Jacket

Date:
c. 1854

This colorful shell jacket was first introduced in 1854. The bright yellow stripes helped to distinguish a cavalry bugler at a distance.

Description (physical):

Wool. L 66.0 cm, W 49.0 cm

Location:
1195 Baltimore Pike Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325
Identifier:
2010.0005.0009
Institution:
Gettysburg National Military Park

Frock Coat Of Major General David M. Gregg

This frock coat belonged to Major General David M. Gregg, who commanded the 6th United States Cavalry and the 8th Pennsylvania Cavalry in 1862, and the 2nd Cavalry Division of the Army of the Potomac from 1862 until his resignation in February 1865. The coat originally had two stars to denote the rank of major general.

Location:
Constitution Ave. between 12th and 14th Sts. NW Washington,District of Columbia 20560
Identifier:
0.043
Institution:
Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Skirmish Between Brooklyn 14th And 300 Rebel Cavalry

Creator:
Alfred R. Waud (1828-1891)

In this reproduction of a sketch, Union and Confederate soldiers engage in fierce combat in close quarters. This confrontation occurred at the Battle of Antietam (September 17, 1862).

Description (physical):

H: 8", W: 10"

Location:
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Identifier:
2010.0002.0035
Institution:
American Heritage Archives

Antietam, Dead Confederate Artillery

Date:
September 1862

A trench holds the bodies of numerous dead Confederate cavalrymen. Two soldiers look on from the edge of the trench.

Description (physical):

H: 8", W: 10"

Location:
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Identifier:
2010.0002.0050
Institution:
American Heritage Archives