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 Posted: Fri Jul 21st, 2006 09:38 pm
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Question:  When is a Napoleon, NOT a Napoleon?

Answer:  When it is a bronze rifle rebored to masquerade as a 12-pounder. 

I visited Chancellorsville earlier this week.  At Hazel Grove they have redone the confederate battery since the last time I was there (Been several years) and I've learned a lot since then.  I noticed that one of the three Napoleons didn't quite look right.  Upon closer examination I noticed the breech was about three inches smaller in diameter.  I looked at the muzzel.  Here's what I saw: 

You can just see the rifled original bore several inches inside the tube.  Unfortunately all the maufacturing information was ground off the muzzel.   I would really have liked to know what this gun began life as.  Does anyone in the peanut gallery have a hypothesis?

The Park ranger told me they also have a 3-in ordnance rifle maquerading as a parrott somewhere in the Fredricksburg/Spotsylvania Military Park as well.

Last edited on Fri Jul 21st, 2006 10:02 pm by TimHoffman01

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