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I saw this sitting in a park in a small north central Wisconsin town. No plaque or anything to let me know what it is or why it has meaning for the city. My guess is someone here can identify it. I would guess it's a 6 pounder by the bore diameter. The old girl has had a tough life, missing a trunnion.
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Columbia Foundry of Georgetown DC. Maybe 1 of the 43 experimental cast iron cannons? There is no reinforce on the trunnion base and barrel. There is a hole in the knob but I couldn't identify one in the center of the remaining trunnion. Cir. 1835-1836?

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A little research has found this-
" INTERESTING BITS "
Also of interest is the smal cannon resting in our vitlhe park. This brief -w-
count is taken from an article written by Mrs. Ernest Matson (Faith Mabbott), which
is on file at the State Historical Society in Madison.
The cannon with the following inscription No. -155-C-2-1 M was brought here
even before the village was organized. The Grand Army of the Republic obtained
the cannon from Fort Howard (near Green Bay) in 1880. Men and ox teams were
sent to bring it here. The trip was financed by local contributions.
The cannon was first mounted on wood which has deteriorated. It is now
mounted on concrete. In the early days it was used to report election results,
and on the Fourth of July by shooting three rounds at sunrise. It is now a silent
reminder of the past.

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From Unity history and recollections of it's people-
Some of the old timers like Walter Cook used to tell of how they loaded the Civil War cannon with black powder and catalogs on July 4th and Halloween. It made quite a blast and spread shredded paper allover the south end of the park. One time they overloaded it and the wood gun carriage collapsed and one of the arms broke off the barrel. After that the igniting hole was closed and it was put on the cement stands.

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