Friday, October 19, 2007
During Chad’s visit we stopped by Antietam National Battlefield. As we wandered near the visitors center I noticed the neat pattern created by the hub & spokes of this Artillery Wheel mounted on the rear of a Caisson. The standard practice of the day was to carry a spare wheel on the rear of each caisson. This wheel fit both the caissons and also the field artillery pieces.
I cannot visit places such as Antietam and Gettysburg without examining the artillery pieces sitting about. One hundred and fifty years ago these guns represented the power and might of the U.S. Government but today they are left to sit idly by on these sacred grounds. Only a small amount of work would be required to return many of these guns to firing condition but although still deadly, their firepower would be of little consequence today.