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It is a Civil War original. A one ton cannon which was usedduring the war.  

The cannon has also made appearances in reenactments. It isnow privately owned and recently was fired during a reenactment near theMississippi River in LeClaire.

The cannon weighs about a ton and was built in 1862. BruceKindig has been a re-enactor for about thirty years. He says this particularcannon had a range of two to three miles. Soldiers only fired at what theycould see.

The barrel weighs more than eight hundred pounds.

The cannon has quite a story. At one time it was placed ondisplay along the Hennepin Canal, over grown with bushes and missed during theSecond World War collection for meltdown.

In 1950, it was returned to the Rock Island Arsenal andthree years later was sold as scrap iron.

The private owner stored the cannon in a chicken coop until1985. Since then it has been used for reenacting.  

The cannon has been to Shiloh, Gettysburg, and other CivilWar Battlefields.

It also has been used in the movies.

A Civil War cannon, making some history of its own!

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