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Artillery and Armoured Fighting Vehicles preserved in Texas: Austin

Artillery and Armoured Fighting Vehicles preserved in Texas: Austin

Artillery on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol

         

Wrought Iron 12-pounder Smoothbore Muzzleloading Gun mounted on a wooden wheeled gun carriage.  One of three guns mounted on carriages on the grounds of the Texas State Capitol.

     

Bronze 12-pounder Smoothbore Muzzleloading Field Gun, 1864, (Serial No. 414), No. 1 of 2 mounted on a wooden gun carriage.

   

Bronze 12-pounder Smoothbore Muzzleloading Field Gun, 1864, (Serial No. 363), No. 2 of 2 mounted on a wooden gun carriage.

    

Cast Iron 24-pounder Smoothbore Muzzleloading Howitzer, No. 1 of 2, MGen T.J. Chambers, Capitol building entrance.

 

 

Cast Iron 24-pounder Smoothbore Muzzleloading Howitzer, No. 2 of 2, MGen T.J. Chambers, Capitol building entrance.

Small bronze smoothbore muzzleloading signal guns mounted on replica Naval Gun Carriages in the Bullock Museum.

 

Cast Iron smoothbore muzzleloading gun in the Bullcok Museum.

 

Small Cast Iron smoothbore muzzleloading gun mounted on large solid wooden wheels in the Bullock Museum.

 

Cast Iron smoothbore muzzleloading gun mounted on a naval gun carriage in the Bullock Museum.

 

French Bronze 4-pounder smoothbore muzzleloading gun from the wreck of La Belle, with ship model in the Bullock Museum.  This was the first of three bronze 4-pounder guns discovered in the hold of La Belle, recovered in July 1995.

La Belle was one of Robert de La Salle's four ships used when he explored the Gulf of Mexico with the ill-fated mission of starting a French colony at the mouth of the Mississippi River in 1685.  La Belle was wrecked in present-day Matagorda Bay the following year, dooming La Salle's Texas colony to failure.  For over three centuries the wreckage of La Belle lay forgotten until it was discovered by a team of state archaeologists in 1995.  The discovery of La Salle's flagship was regarded as one of the most important archaeological finds of the century in Texas, and a major excavation was launched by the state of Texas that, over a period of about a year, recovered the entire shipwreck and over a million artifacts.  (Wikipedia)

Scultpure on Congress Street, Angelina Eberly saves the Texas Archives, 1842.