Mountain Howitzer Prairie Carriage

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Mountain Howitzer & Prairie Carriage

In the early 1830s, the United States Army identified the necessity for a more compact, agile, and adaptable cannon that could match the range of a larger variant. To achieve this objective, they decided to modify the cannon's barrel by shortening it and incorporating a funnel-shaped breech.

This revamped artillery gained recognition as a Howitzer, a term inherited from the Prussian language, denoting the concepts of sling or basket. The U.S. Army initiated the manufacturing of Howitzers in the 1830s, but the first two models had a short lifespan. However, the third iteration proved to be a triumph, resulting in the production of the Model 1841 Mountain Howitzer.

The bronze tube of the Mountain Howitzers was standardized, but the carriage required experimentation. The M-1841's initial iteration, the Pack Model, could be dismantled and transported on three horses.

The second version, known as the Prairie Carriage, accommodated horse-drawn transport directly to the field. The Prairie Carriage boasted a wide axle, providing superior stability compared to the Pack Model's narrow axle.

The Second Prairie Carriage later emerged and differed slightly from the first, serving as the primary weapon in the Indian Wars.

Notably, the Second Prairie Carriage remains widely represented in various museums and National Parks located across the United States.

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Question: How do you ship this vehicle to me?

Answer: We coordinate shipments of large freight items - such as our wagons, carriages, and coaches - within a network of private carriers so that your freight is safely transported to your destination without transfer. These are usually coordinated as partial loads in order to save costs, so it can take anywhere between 2 days to 2 weeks to find a ride. They will be transported in enclosed vans that vary from "U-Haul" size box vans to full 53' semi trailers. Contact us for more information and freight quotes. You may also arrange your own shipping through

Question: How do I offload this vehicle at delivery?

Answer: If you have a delivery location with a loading dock available this is your best option. However, we can also deliver to any location that a semi-trailer can access. We then recommend coordination with a towing service to use a tilt-bed wrecker truck. The vehicle can be rolled off the trailer on to the bed of the wrecker truck and it will be tilted/lowered down to the ground from there.


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