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Developed during the 1830’s, the Mountain Howitzer packed considerable firepower in a small package. The cannon was never very popular in the east during the Civil War where it was no match against the much larger guns then in use. However, out west against the Indians, it was valued for its maneuverability and ease of transport. It came in two basic versions, the difference being the carriage. The smaller pack carriage model was made to be disassembled and hauled on mule or horseback. The slightly larger prairie carriage version was designed to be towed. It is unknown which types were used in the Julesburg battles but there is some indication that the troops may have had one of each.
A chicken dinner will be hosted by the Julesburg/Sedgwick County Chamber of Commerce at the Colorado Welcome Center with members of the Colorado Division Pony Express on Wednesday, June 12. Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the annual Re-Ride. The public is invited to attend. Dinner served at 5:30 p.m. There is a nominal cost for the meal.