U.S. 12 lb. Mountain Howitzer dated 1853.
This fantastic bronze cannon was cast by Cyrus Alger & Co. of Boston Massachusetts in 1853. All markings are clear. “U.S.” stamped on top of barrel. Serial # 109 and US Military Inspector’s Initials “L.A.B.W.” stamped on the muzzle, ( Louis Augustus de Barth Walbach) who served in the U.S. Ordnance Dept. from 1834-1853. Lt. Louis A. de Barth Walbach inspected cannons using his specialized scientific method at forts all over the United States and grading guns as to the quality of their metal. The National Archives has his manuscript ledger “Final Report of the Examination of the Quality of Cast Iron Cannon In Service” dated June 1847. His father holds the distinction of being the oldest active duty officer in the U.S. Army at an age of 90 years old. You can see some of his family history at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_de_Barth_Walbach
The 1853 date is a fairly desirable year as it more than likely, almost undoubtedly, saw service in the war. It is even possible that it saw Confederate service as who knows where it was at the outbreak of the war. Some of the later war-date castings that were done specifically for the Union were definitely used by the Union unless of course they may have been captured somewhere during the war and put into Confederate service. “224” is stamped on the breech which is the weight of the tube. The tube rests upon a nice full scale Paulson Brothers reproduction carriage. This the only full scale Civil War Cannon that can comfortably fit in a private home museum or office setting. It looks absolutely fabulous here in our shop and is drawing people in like a magnet. This gun was designed for high mobility and could be carried over rough terrain by mules when taken apart. It packed a big punch too, firing 4.62″ (12 lb.) Shot, Shell and Canister at ranges up to 1000 yards. A complete Federal Battery of 6 of these cannon was captured near here at Philadelphia TN on Oct. 20 of 1863 by Dibrell’s Brigade CSA.
Half Plate Tintype of 2nd Lieutenant James Conley, Co. F 69th NC Vol. Infantry (Thomas’ Legion) CSA.
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Long Time Fort Fisher, NC. area Collection.
This fine collection is remarkable for it’s variety and early dug condition. Almost all of the items are excavated. There are items dating back to the 1600’s and quite a few rare military buttons and coins. All of these relics were dug by Ben Ingraham over many years in the vicinity of Fort Fisher, Carolina Beach, Fort Anderson, Charleston and all points in between. Fort Fisher protected the Port of Wilmington and was a major destination for Blockade Runners from England, Cuba and the Bahamas that were supplying the Confederacy throughout the American Civil War. It finally fell to the Union by assault in early 1865.
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