Sunday, November 10, 2019

Cannoneers Post! Loading and firing ACW artillery video

Join the gun detachment of South Mountain Battlefield State Park as they travel to Antietam National Battlefield to demonstrate the loading and firing of the 12-pounder light-gun howitzer...the Napoleon.

Soldier on!



Unknown said...

Just a quick question. If rifled cannons were so superior in range and accurancy to smoothbores, why were both in use? Were smoothbores cheaper, quicker to load or manufacture, or was it very recent technology?

Unknown said...

Just a quick question. If rifled cannons were so superior to smoothbore why was the latter still in use? Was the smoothbore quicker to load or manufacture, was it cheaper, or was the technology so recent that the armies had yet to make a full switch to rifled?

tradgardmastare said...

Really interesting to see , thank you for posting this. Later today l am visiting a friend to continue playing a game based on part of the battle of Antietam. I will look at the plastic 28mm guns and gunners differently after watching this.

Mannie Gentile said...

Dear unknown,

The smoothbores still had an important purpose, glancing a ball off the ground upwards fifty yards in front of an advancing enemy had devastating effect, even more so on the flank. Also the deadly round known as canister was really only effective when fired from smoothbore guns.


Unknown said...

Ah, thanks for answering Mannie. Also I never given much thought to the mechanics of firing ammo from a rifled cannon. All very interesting.

Unknown said...

Looks like fun!