Re: [WarOf1812] Cannon sledges
- I just uploaded an image to the Miscellaneous folder of a sled gun at the River Raisin Museum in Michigan. As I vaguely recall, it's been a few years, it's a six pounder on a naval carriage mounted on a sled. You can see for yourselves if interested. Nice place to visit BTW, I heartily recommend it.
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From: Gordon Deans<mailto:gord.deans@...>
Sent: Friday, September 29, 2006 2:48 PM
Subject: Re: [WarOf1812] Cannon sledges
I know of two excellent sources on gun sleighs / sledges without
checking my library.
BRITISH SMOOTH-BORE ARTILLERY: A TECHNOLOGICAL STUDY by DAVID
1988, ISBN 0-660-12750-4, see GUN SLEIGHS pages 237-242
"Artillery Sledges & Gun Sleighs in North America, 1778-1783" by
Gun sleighs and sledges date from at least the 1750s in North America.
They were available in 1759 at the Siege of Quebec City and in 1760
the Royal Artillery had designs which could be fired from.
There were at least three styles; for transportation only which
carried the entire gun and carriage, conversions for firing which had
the wheels removed from the gun and purpose-built for firing.
Sleighs and sledges were used with guns, howitzers and mortars, with
field and garrison carriages and with calibres from 6- to 12-pounders.
They were pulled by two horses or fifteen men on snowshoes.
The main shortcoming was how low the gun rode on the runners versus
the very uneven ground in winter resulting in numerous upsets. Also
guns heavier than 12-pounders were too heavy for the terrain and
half-frozen muddy roads.
The most successful were light 6-pounders used with the infantry as
battalion guns. They were able to keep up with the infantry. They
were followed by ammunition sleighs. They had a seven foot recoil.
A new design was delivered in 1813 and designs continued to evolve up
to the 1850s.
Gord Deans, Gunner,
HMS Charwell Landing Party, Royal Navy.
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