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 Posted: Mon Jul 24th, 2006 03:48 pm
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Tim,

You found another one of a kind gun at Petersburg. Although you did not see any identifying stamps apparently someone did awhile back before it became so corroded. At one time the stamps "H.N.H. & Co. No.1 1336 lbs 1863 U.S." could be found. The rifle is the only ordnance rifle cast by the Henry N. Hooper Company of Boston. The recorded weight seems unreasonably high, perhaps subject some error in stamping, interpretation or transcription. The piece has the same dimensions of other ordnance rifles so the weight should be about 800 pounds. There is a photo of the cannon in "Field Artillery Weapons of the Civil War."

A very unusual rifling pattern in a one of a kind field piece.

Tom

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