Civil war mountain howitzer

Help Support Muzzle Loading Forum:

Brianc

40 Cal
Joined
Apr 24, 2021
Messages
132
Reaction score
56
I’m contemplating my next project being a full scale Civil war style mountain Howitzer , I know almost nothing about cannons but I have wanted to do this for a long time. I’m hoping someone here can steer me in the right direction? I’m wanting the simplest carriage possible but the safest barrel . Possibly someone here can direct me to the barrel manufacturer and start there
 

Loyalist Dave

Cannon
Staff member
Moderator
MLF Supporter
Joined
Nov 22, 2011
Messages
9,883
Reaction score
3,082
Location
People's Republic of Maryland
We had one of these, 40 years ago, in Dement's Battery, Maryland Light Artillery, Army of Northern Virginia CSA.
Mountain Howitzer
We also had two mountain rifles....

No idea where the carriage came from for any of the guns, and likely if I did the maker would be out of business.

These might help:
Mountain Howitzer Plans

Me and the boys 40 years ago. I'm the last guy on the right side of the photo in the kepi and suspenders. With the low amount of documentation compared with what we have today due to the internet..., we don't look half bad. Like they emptied the local schools to man the cannon for the latter part of the ACW....,

Dement's Battery Maryland Light Artillery CSA.jpg


IF I had been there at that age, then the year would be 1904 right now..., modern rifles, machine guns, and aircraft would've been invented in my lifetime.... o_O

LD
 
Last edited:

Davey Boy

40 Cal
MLF Supporter
Joined
Oct 27, 2020
Messages
372
Reaction score
174
Location
Florida Panhandle
I have my tablet so I can't put up a picture

But Fort Sill has one

Barrel weight 220 lbs

Barrel and carriage weight 500 lbs

12 pounder, caliber 4.62"

good to 1000 yards

Listed as model M1841

There's a cannon with about a two inch bore that may be for sale down the road from here, it is absolutely gorgeous

I would buy it before getting a mountain howitzer
 

Commodore Swab

40 Cal.
MLF Supporter
Joined
Jul 5, 2012
Messages
897
Reaction score
1,010
Weren't howitzers measure in diameter rather than poundage like a mortar? I'm planning a future build of a rev war howitzer now.
 

Gun Tramp

45 Cal.
MLF Supporter
Joined
Apr 5, 2019
Messages
509
Reaction score
442
Fort Ridgely, Minnesota. U.S. Model 1841 12 Pounder Mountain Howitzer. On display in the fort's reconstructed commissary, this Ames Manufacturing Co. bronze tube weighs 222 pounds, was accepted by Army Ordnance inspector Alexander Brydie Dyer, and has a bore four and five-eighths of an inch in diameter.

31. Mountain Howitzer.JPG
 

Brianc

40 Cal
Joined
Apr 24, 2021
Messages
132
Reaction score
56
Fort Ridgely, Minnesota. U.S. Model 1841 12 Pounder Mountain Howitzer. On display in the fort's reconstructed commissary, this Ames Manufacturing Co. bronze tube weighs 222 pounds, was accepted by Army Ordnance inspector Alexander Brydie Dyer, and has a bore four and five-eighths of an inch in diameter.

View attachment 79334
That would be a living room fixture any wife would be proud to have 😇
 

Captndan

40 Cal
MLF Supporter
Joined
Sep 10, 2020
Messages
101
Reaction score
30
I have my tablet so I can't put up a picture

But Fort Sill has one

Barrel weight 220 lbs

Barrel and carriage weight 500 lbs

12 pounder, caliber 4.62"

good to 1000 yards

Listed as model M1841

There's a cannon with about a two inch bore that may be for sale down the road from here, it is absolutely gorgeous

I would buy it before getting a mountain howitzer
 

Captndan

40 Cal
MLF Supporter
Joined
Sep 10, 2020
Messages
101
Reaction score
30
If that one is for sale I would like more information. Thanks, Dan
 

Davey Boy

40 Cal
MLF Supporter
Joined
Oct 27, 2020
Messages
372
Reaction score
174
Location
Florida Panhandle
I will be going that way sometime, I will also look up the name and address of the place and send you a pm with their phone number.
 

Latest posts

Top