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12-pounder Mountain Howitzer

12-pounder Mountain Howitzer

Manufacturer / Maker: Cyrus Alger & Company

Department: History
Date: 1853
Medium: Bronze and copper
37 x 8 in. (94 x 20.3 cm)
Classification: Tools & Equipment for Science & Technology
Credit Line: Albuquerque Museum, transfer from City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation Department
Object number: PC1983.20.2
Description12-pounder Mountain Howitzer tube, bronze. Manufactured by Cyrus Alger & Co., Model 1841, made 1853. The foundry # (i.e. muzzle #) is 92 and the Serial # (stamped on the end of the tube) is 223.

On April 11, 1862, Major Trevanion Teel buried eight mountain howitzers in a corral northeast of the Plaza, near the present location of the Museum. He kept the carriages to haul supplies. Twenty-seven years later, in front of a crowd of curious onlookers, Teel and Fort Craig's Captain Jack Crawford dug them up from under a farmer's chili patch. This howitzer is one of two in the Albuquerque Museum's collection and one of only two of the original 8 unearthed that remain in our state.

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