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Near Pensacola Beach in Escambia County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Converting a Cannon

 

—Fort Pickens —

 
Converting a Cannon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 31, 2014
1. Converting a Cannon Marker
Inscription. Feel the grooves inside this rare cannon barrel. This Rodman cannon was cast in 1861 as a 10-inch smoothbore, which fired round cannonballs. To keep up with modern technology, the U.S. Army in 1884 inserted an 8-inch rifled sleeve into the old cast-iron barrel, because rifled guns had longer ranges than smoothbores, Steel later replaced cast iron, and the old guns were sold for scrap. The piece on the right is a smoothbore. The piece on the left is part of a rifled bore.
 
Erected by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 30° 19.641′ N, 87° 17.433′ W. Marker is near Pensacola Beach, Florida, in Escambia County. Marker can be reached from Fort Pickens Road 9.8 miles west of Pensacola Beach Boulevard (Florida Route 399). Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Fort Pickens Road, Gulf Breeze FL 32561, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort within a Fort (a few steps from this marker); Deadly Explosion (within shouting distance of this marker); Apache Prisoners (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Step Back in History (about 300 feet
Converted cannon at Fort Pickens image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 31, 2014
2. Converted cannon at Fort Pickens
away); Swatting Mosquitoes (about 400 feet away); Dueling with Confederates (about 400 feet away); Beefing Up Defenses (about 400 feet away); Colonial Power Struggle (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pensacola Beach.
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on the Rodman gun. (Submitted on January 2, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraForts, CastlesMilitary
 
Rifled bore inserted into smoothbore image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 31, 2014
3. Rifled bore inserted into smoothbore
Fort Pickens area entrance sign. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, January 1, 2015
4. Fort Pickens area entrance sign.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 232 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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