Six Pounder Sledge


Cannon Sleighs/ Sledges

Sleighs and sledges were used with guns, howitzers and mortars, with field and garrison gun carriages and with calibres from 6 to 12 pounders. They were pulled by two horses or fifteen men on snowshoes.

The most successful gun/sledge combinations were the light 6-pounders used with the infantry as battalion guns. These were able to keep up with the infantry and were followed by ammunition sleighs.

They could have a seven foot recoil.

The image is from the River Raisin Museum from the battle of the River Raisin in Jan 22, 1813.

(kindly donated by JGIL of the warof1812 mailing list)


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by Stephen Luscombe