24-pounder Iron Siege Gun, Pattern of 1845
Since heavy artillery made up the first line of defense of the United States, more attention was paid to it, and money spent on it, than on field artillery. In January, 1860 there were 61 forts and batteries that defended America’s coastal cities, this does not account for the numerous forts that guarded the U.S Capital and along the rivers. A lot of these cannons were mounted on Barbette Carriages that were designed to be higher than the walls of fortifications. Our 24-pounder currently is only made as a decorative cannon and it is mounted on an all metal Front Pintle Barbette Carriage.
You can see other pictures of this cannon by gong to past projects and seeing two of these cannons we made for Fort Curtis in Helena, AR.