Dahlgren Light & Heavy 12-pounder Boat Howitzer

In 1848 Lieutenant John A. Dahlgren, of the U.S. Navy, was assigned to determine the suitability of army mountain howitzers for mastheads, small boats, and landing parties. Not satisfied with their performance, Dahlgren initiated what was to become the development of a family of similar small bronze weapons for the following purposes: To attack small vessels that are highly armed, to cover the landing of regular troops and to accompany parties of seamen when disembarked. There is three different sizes of Dahlgren Boat Howitzers, Small, Light and Heavy. Currently our company produces the Light and Heavy. On a side note, During the First Battle of  Manassas (Bull Run)  where the 71st News York was part of Burnside’s Brigade, the 12-pounder boat howitzers were served by Co. I under Captain Ellis. There are other accounts where these guns were used other than by the navy.

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