Artillery and Armour in the USA: Louisiana (1) City of New Orleans

Artillery, Tanks and Armoured Fighting Vehicles in Louisiana (Part I)

City of New Orleans

One of the aims of this website is to locate, identify and document every historical piece of artillery and all armoured fighting vehicles preserved in Louisiana.  Many contributors have assisted in the hunt for these tangible pieces of our military history and the list you see here is constantly being revised as new finds are discovered and the data is updated.  The photos have come from various contributors, but the author likes to "ground truth" the reports, so a good number of the photos are by the author unless otherwise credited.  Any errors found here are by the author.   It often happens that military monuments that are relatively mobile, have been moved for restoration or scrapped, sometimes they are repainted with different markings and serial numbers, or they are replaced with a different piece of kit.  For those reasons, any additions, deletions, corrections or amendments that you may be able to add to this list of Artillery and AFVs in Louisiana would be most welcome and may be e-mailed to the author at  The primary aim is preserve our military history and to keep the record accurate.Author photos except where noted.

Louisiana State Museum

Civil War Gun Serial No. 307, mounted on a wheeled wooden gun carriage, guarding the front of the Louisiana State Museum.

Spanish SBML Gun, weight 51-2-21 (5, 789 lbs), Serial No. 19 on trunnions, mounted on a Naval carriage, guarding the front of the Louisiana State Museum.

18th Century smoothbore muzzle-loading Gun used by Bienville, on display inside the Louisiana State Museum.

Smoothbore muzzleloading Blunderbus, ca 1725.

Washington Artillery Park

1861 Parrot Rifle, iron sculpture in Washington Artillery park, guarding Jackson Square.

Jackson Square

Jackson Square is a historic park in the French Quarter of New Orleans.  It is the site where in 1803 Louisiana was made United States territory pursuant to the Louisiana Purchase.  A pair of large possibly 30-pounder (4.2-inch) Army Parrott Rifles guard the square.


30-pounder (4.2-inch) Army Parrott Rifles (two).

Joan of Arc Monument

France erected the statue in 1972 as a gift to New Orleans, whose namesake, Orléans, was one of the towns Joan of Arc (1412-1431) defended from the English during the Hundred Years War (1337-1453).  In the city’s defence, she was overwhelmingly successful, but her exploits did not stop there.  In just over a year, this teenager led troops in 13 different battles and sieges, and captured more than 30 cities.

Two very old smoothbore muzzleloading guns stand guard in front of the statue.

Civil War Museum

Confederate Memorial Hall Museum is a museum located in New Orleans which contains historical artifacts related to the Confederate States of America and the American Civil War.  It is historically also known as "Memorial Hall".

8-inch Columbiad smoothbore muzzleloading Gun in front of the Civil War Museum.

1861 Parrot Rifle inside the museum.  (New Orleans Tourist Bureau Photo)

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