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America’s Most Famous Cannon

 
 
America’s Most Famous Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 19, 2009
1. America’s Most Famous Cannon
[ East side ]
Known as "Patriot's Cannon"
Inscription.
[ East face ]
The American Revolution
1775 • • • 1783
“America’s Most Famous Cannon”
Sept. 21, 1780 • John Jacob Peterson of African descent • and Moses Sherwood of Van Cortlandt 3rd West, Militia took it to Croton Pt. and fired on the • Vulture • causing it to abandon Major Andre the British spy who was captured trying to escape through American territory.
• 1952 • Presented to Peekskill Museum by Paul I. Bleakley •

[ North face ]
Patriot
Moses Sherwood
1761 • • • 1867
Buried in Sparta Cemetery • Ossining, NY
2nd NY Regt. • 4th NY Regt. • Hammonds, NY Regt.


[ West face ]
“The Traitors’ Trail of Treason • • 1779 • • • 1780”
May 23, 1779 • Gen. Benedict Arnold contacts Sir Henry Clinton, British Commander. He has decided to desert the American Army. He corresponds with Major Andre and conspires to Surrender Gen. Washington and West Point.
Aug 23, 1780 • Washington gives Arnold command of West Point. Arnold weakens the defenses of the fort.
Sept. 20, 1780 • Andre sails up the Hudson on the Vulture to meet Arnold.
Sept. 21, 1780 • John Peterson fires the cannon • the Vulture retreats
Sept. 22, 1780 • Major Andre escapes through Peekskill • Yorktown
America’s Most Famous Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 19, 2009
2. America’s Most Famous Cannon
[ North face ]
• Bedford
Sept 23, 1780 • Andre is captured in Tarrytown with plans of West Point.
Oct 2, 1780 • Andre is hung as a spy in Tappan, NY.

[ South face ]
Patriot
John Jacob Peterson
1746 • • • 1850
Buried in Bethel Cemetery • Croton, NY
2nd NY Regt. • 3rd West. Militia • Van Renssalaer, NY Regt.
1st. Annual Peekskill Patriots Day
Cannon Remounted by the Moshier Family of Peekskill
Descendants of John Jacob Peterson

 
Erected 1952.
 
Location. 41° 17.339′ N, 73° 55.263′ W. Marker is in Peekskill, New York, in Westchester County. Marker is on Union Avenue near 1st Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located in front of the Peekskill Museum in the Herrick House. Marker is at or near this postal address: 124 Union Avenue, Peekskill NY 10566, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Teachers Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Cortlandt Civil War Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Peekskill World War I Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); Peekskill Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); Peekskill F.D.N.Y. Memorial
America’s Most Famous Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 19, 2009
3. America’s Most Famous Cannon
[ South face ]
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Jan Peeck Bridge (approx. 0.9 miles away); Countess Lucille VI (approx. 1.3 miles away); Camp Smith (approx. 1.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Peekskill.
 
Also see . . .  The Patriot's Cannon. (Submitted on October 16, 2009, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
America’s Most Famous Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 19, 2009
4. America’s Most Famous Cannon
[ West side ]
America’s Most Famous Cannon and the Peekskill Museum in the Herrick House image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 19, 2009
5. America’s Most Famous Cannon and the Peekskill Museum in the Herrick House
An Older Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 19, 2009
6. An Older Marker
America’s Most Famous Cannon
When on September 21, 1780, Moses Sherwood
and John Peterson, Continental Militiamen,
took it to Teller’s Point and fired on the
Vulture, Major Andre could not return
to New York on it, and so was captured at
Tarrytown.
Presented 1952 by Paul L. Bleakley

(This marker is located behind the museum.)
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 1,571 times since then and 9 times this year. Last updated on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.   6. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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