12-pound Napoleon


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The Napoleon twelve-pound cannon was the most popular cannon used during the civil war. It was named after Napoleon III of France and was widely admired because of its safety, reliability, and killing power, especially at close range. It was the last cast bronze gun used by an American army. The Federal version of the Napoleon cannon can be recognized by the front end of the barrel called the muzzle swell. Confederate Napoleons were produced in at least six variations. The twelve-pound cannon is a cannon that fires twelve-pound little projectiles from the barrel known as solid shot. It also can shoot grapeshot, chain shot, and a canister shot.
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Canister Shot (Wikipedia)

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