U.S. Model 1857 Light 12-Pounder Gun: The "Napoleon"

Date:
1857

The workhorse of both Union and Confederate field artilleries, the versatile Napoleon fired 12-pound solid shot, exploding shell, and canister. The muzzle-loading smoothbore acquired its nickname after being modeled on a lightweight, maneuverable field gun that was developed in France by Napoleon III.

Location:
300 North St., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 17120
Institution:
State Museum of Pennsylvania