6-Pounder Field Gun

6-pdr. Field Gun
The 6-pounder field gun was virtually obsolete at the beginning of the War because of the development of the much superior Napoleons and 3-inch rifles. The Confederate States ordered that they be melted down to make other weapons, and in Federal servace they were modified by rifling the barrels. At Gettysburg, there was only one of these guns on the field, that in Alexander Latham's battery in James Longstreet's I Corps, Army of Northern Virginia. Field guns fired solid shot, shell, spherical case, and canister.

Bore Diameter 3.67 in (9.32 cm)
Tube Material Bronze
Tube Length 60 in (152 cm)
Tube Weight 884 lb (401 kg)
Powder Charge 1.25 lb (0.57 kg)
Range (5 Elevation) 1,523 yd (1,393 m)
At Gettysburg 1 (CSA)


Thomas, Dean S., CANNONS: An Introduction to Civil War Artillery. Thomas Publications, Gettysburg, PA, 1985.
Coco, Gregory A., A Concise Guide to the Artillery at Gettysburg. Thomas Publications, Gettysburg, PA, 1998.

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Photograph by Peter Schwartz
Created 17 OCT 1999; Modified 22 OCT 1999

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