How were horses were hitched to a cannon limber

VirgilCole

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Hi again,

I was wondering if anyone has, or can point me to, a diagram of how horses were hitched to a cannon limber.
I am building a cannon and limber along with a team of horses. I have found many pictures of teams of horses hitched to a limber but I cannot find a good picture of how the horses were hitched to the limber and limber pole. Any help would be appreciated.

Regards!
 

WJC

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Welcome! That's a very good question! I've always 'assumed' the hitch was similar to those used for draft animals pulling a wagon or farm equipment, but I've never seen any diagrams or information specific to artillery. Seems there was a book at Google Books that had information on battery set up and positioning; I'll see if I can find it. It may have what you need.
 

John Winn

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Here's the reference I was scanning when @ucvrelics.com was posting (provides a little detail):

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Source: Coggins, Jack (1990). Arms and Equipment of the Civil War (Dover Publications, Inc., Mineola, New York), pp. 72,73.
 

VirgilCole

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Great pictures. Thank you! That brings up another question, would the livery for a confederate version be natural leather or black?
 

EJ Zander

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Sounds like a great project!
Great pictures. Thank you! That brings up another question, would the livery for a confederate version be natural leather or black?
Do you have a particular unit in mind for your portrayal?
Thinking black would be best. Having the harness made? Do you plan on fielding the full six?
 

VirgilCole

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EJ, all livery will be scratch made. Scale is 1/16. Cannon and Limber are metal kits from Guns of History out of
ModelExpo. Horses are Napoleonic cavalry from Miniart. Due to cost I am just going with 4 horses. I have read that the confederates used 4 horses at times due to a shortage of horses.
 

EJ Zander

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I just checked out their site (ModelExpo). Some cool stuff, forge wagon, Rucker ambu.
Four is fine. Artillery horses did not have a long service life. Trying to secure replacements was a constant. So you went with what you had on hand to get the job done. Which also would further shortened the service life of existing stock since they were working harder. I seem to recall reading oxen even being substituted.
Sounds like a great project. Thanks for including the horses in it. The artillery horses and their counterparts working in the supply train are my favorites.
 

VirgilCole

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Finished the cannon and limber. Though I would post a few pictures. Thanks!
 

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Kurt G

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Great work . I recognize the Verlinden Jackson . I used to do a lot of 54mm , but now concentrate on 75mm and 120mm. The Miniart horse looks great .
 
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