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Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 8:48 a.m. PST

With the imminent launch of Sash & Sabers' FIW Kickstarter, I will most likely be picking up a British 6-pdr and a French 4-pdr.

Outside of forts, it looks like British field guns would only likely appear in battle if a batoe could get them there. Correct?

What about French 4-pdrs same restrictions, or do they manage to haul them around a bit easier?

historygamer13 Feb 2018 9:56 a.m. PST

It depends on the theater. The British dragged guns (horses) twice over the Allegheny Mountains – in 1755 and again 1758. Some of those guns were 12s, howitzers, heavy and light 6 pdrs.

On that front the French and Canadians never brought out any guns from Fort Duquesne. Those guns were likely on four wheeled carriages, perhaps a few left over from Braddock's train too.

Off the top of my head, I don't recall the French fielding guns outside of forts other than Ste. Foy or the sieges they conducted at William Henry and Oswego.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 10:53 a.m. PST

The French used artillery pieces on the Plains of Abraham.

historygamer13 Feb 2018 11:19 a.m. PST

I think your right, but I don't recall them being of much account in the field battle. Perhaps because the French advanced, which kind of negates period artillery support.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 11:39 a.m. PST

Looking at the Osprey for Fort WIlliam Henry, the French landed artillery on the second day of the second seige. So yes, bateau-borne guns.

It looks like the French regularly assigned Artillerymen and their Officers as combat engineers without any guns in tow. During the first seige, armed with lots of fuses, they were doing their best to set fire to everything in the neighborhood.

I really need to make up a unit of Artillerymen equipped with trail axes and satchels of fuses!

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2018 11:47 a.m. PST

Osprey's Quebec 1759 estimates 5 French guns positioned on the flanks.

rvandusen Supporting Member of TMP14 Feb 2018 3:43 a.m. PST

Montcalm brought guns by bateaux to siege Fort Oswego, though this was a more formal siege.

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