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Asst. Regtl. Quartermaster Antietam 2021
- Feb 23, 2013
- East Texas
That is disappointing. I can see now from your picture that they are painted.
That one does look to be brass but it also looks like a modern replica, which would make sense since it's used for firing demonstrations. Don't be too disappointed - at least the NPS is attempting to mark the position of batteries, even if they likely no longer have enough originals to do it with. Considering the age and historical significance of all original pieces I'm somewhat surprised to see them still placed outdoors on battlefields. One of the most startling and unusual uses for replica guns I've seen is at Raymond, Mississippi where not just one or two cannon are used to represent an entire battery or position but at least eighteen of them representing an entire three-battery battalion standing virtually hub-to-hub: