What you see before you is a replica of a Mexican 8 pound field gun.
Guns like this one were nestled in the Mexican infantry ranks here at the battle of Palo Alto.
These heavy field guns, unlike their American counterparts, were mostly static pieces.
The guns were placed on the field at locations were they were thought to have the best advantage.
Once there they weren’t easily moved around.
As opposed to the horse drawn light artillery of the U.S. army.
The Mexican artillery used here at Palo Alto was also of an older design dating back to the mid to late 1700’s.
In addition, the black powder used in these big guns was not of the best quality.
In fact, many times the rounds fired from the cannon failed to reach the U.S. battle line.
Put together an old artillery design and poor black powder and you had a long, tough day ahead of you if you were a Mexican artilleryman.