“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Newville in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

William Denning

William Denning Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 21, 2009
1. William Denning Marker
Erected by the State of
in memory of
William Denning
the patriotic blacksmith and
forger of wrought iron cannon
during the Revolutionary War
Born 1737 - Died 1830

Erected 1890 by Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Location. 40° 10.373′ N, 77° 23.79′ W. Marker is in Newville, Pennsylvania, in Cumberland County. Click for map. Marker is in Big Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery, about 100 feet south of the church building. Marker is in this post office area: Newville PA 17241, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Revolutionary War Soldiers Buried in Big Springs Presbyterian Church Cemetery (a few steps from this marker); Big Spring Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Laughlin Mill (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); The First National Bank of Newville (about 800 feet away); Newville War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Newville Trolley (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Byers-Eckels House (approx. 0.4 miles away); First United Presbyterian Church and Manse (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newville.
Also see . . .
William Denning Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 21, 2009
2. William Denning Marker

1. In Memory of William Denning. An article about this marker, originally published by the New York Times on November 7th, 1890. (Submitted on June 3, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

2. William Denning. "William Denning, (1737-1830) American Revolution veteran for whom the park (Colonel Denning State Park) is named, was never a colonel but he is deserving of a place in history for his manufacturing of wrought iron cannons. William Denning served his country as a sergeant from March 1778 to April 1780 in Nathaniel Irish’s Company of Artillery Artificers in Benjamin Flower’s Regiment. Denning was stationed just outside of Carlisle, Pa., at Washingtonburg Forge, now Carlisle Barracks. The forge provided armaments for the Continental Army, including cannons. It is at this forge that William Denning made wrought iron cannons in a process of welding gads (strips) of wrought iron in successive layers to produce a cannon lighter and better able to resist failure during firing than cast iron cannons.

"Unfortunately, none of Denning’s cannons survive today. Historical documents help us imagine what Denning’s cannons looked like. It is not known when or who added the “colonel” to Sergeant William Denning’s name. After the Revolution, William Denning lived out his life near Newville, Pa, and is interred with his only son and daughter
William Denning Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 21, 2009
3. William Denning Marker
At right background. At left foreground is Pennsylvania / D.A.R. monument to Revolutionary War soldiers buried in cemetery.
in the Big Spring Presbyterian Church cemetery in Newville."

Editor's Note: A nearby DAR marker lists Denning's rank as Private, which would have been permanent military rank at the time. (Submitted on June 4, 2009, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNotable PersonsPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,077 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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