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Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2021 10:53 a.m. PST

What color is the carriage?
Is the tube iron painted black, or bronze?

This is different from the usual question about American gun carriages. For them the answer is "Yes".
But the French brought theirs from France, with none having been captured and then captured again. Also no need to build and paint carriages from scratch.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2021 12:03 p.m. PST

Pretty sure the carriages were a greyish-blue, although as I understand it there was a fair bit of variability in French artillery until they settled on olive green

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2021 12:08 p.m. PST

French artillery at Yorktown came from two places. Rochambeau's came from France with his expeditionary force. Those gun carriages and artillery vehicles were greyish-blue/light blue and the gun tubes for both siege and field artillery were bronze. They were not painted black.

The other artillery came from the West Indies and may have been painted red, the older color from the old Valliere System. The gun tubes were also bronze.

The French only painted any gun tubes black if they were iron. That included naval artillery and any iron pieces that were used in fortress or garrison artillery. The French had no iron field or siege artillery of either artillery system-Valliere or Gribeauval.

The French would have artillery officers with any artillery contingent to repair gun carriages and artillery vehicles.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2021 12:17 p.m. PST

A video and some photos from the NPS at Yorktown



About halfway down this page is artist rendition of artillery park at Yorktown


As suggested in the last link and video – the heavier guns off ships – I kept with ships carriages – for the lighter guns I stayed close to Yorktown national park examples – though have yet to field a full artillery park worth of them

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2021 12:19 p.m. PST

Thanks to all of you.
I'm assuming that the 24pdr siege guns came with Rochambeau.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP27 Jul 2021 1:11 p.m. PST

I'm assuming that the 24pdr siege guns came with Rochambeau.

Either that or they came north with St Simon aboard ship.

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