Friday, September 7, 2012

Civil War Cannons Back at Confederate Park-- Part 2

These replicas have cast-iron carriages donated by the Shiloh National Military Park, which is in the process of replacing its own cannon carriages.  The Steen Cannon company made the gun tubes.

The cannon types at the park represent those used by two Memphis Confederate units.  Bankhead's Battery, formed in 1861 by attorney Smith P. Bankhead and the Appeal Battery, sponsored in 1862 by the Memphis Appeal newspaper, one of the forerunners of the Commercial-Appeal.

There were no Confederate cannons on the bluff June 6, 1862, when eight Confederate cotton-clads were defeated in just 90 minutes by eight Union ironclads.

Great to Have Them Back.  --Old Secesh

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