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Cannon Replica Project

 
 
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By Kevin W., June 13, 2008
1. Cannon Replica Project Marker
Inscription. These Napoleon 12-Poind Light Field Cannons are replicas created by Mountain View High School students during the 1990 to 1992 school years in Vancouver, Washington. They are the property of the City of Vancouver, which supplied materials. This community project involved students from the metalworking and woodworking classes under the leadership of teachers Larry books and Darell Midles. The cannons were dedicated to the four Medal of Honor recipients buried in the Vancouver Barracks Cemetery. Placement of the cannons at this site was the Eagle Scout Project of James Deuvall from Troop 328 of Vancouver, Washington.

History of the Cannons

Using drawings more than 100 years old, these cannons were meticulously re-created to exact specifications – except that the cannons cannot be fired. On November 8, 1991 the cannons were unveiled as part of the Congressional Medal of Honor convention by General Colin L. Powell and Major General Patrick H. Brady, Vice President of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, in memory of Vancouverís four recipients buried at the Vancouver Barracks Cemetery.
† † † † † † † † † † † † † † † Bugler Herman Pfisterer
† † † † † † † † † † † † † † † First Sergeant James M. Hill
† † † † † † † † † † † † † † † First Sergeant Moses Williams
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By Kevin W., June 13, 2008
2. Cannon Replicas and Marker
† † † † † † † † First Lieutenant William W. McCammon
Description of the Cannons

Each barrel is 6 feet long with a 4.6 inch bore and weights about 400 pounds. It began as a 4 foot hollow piece of steel. The breech and muzzle were shaped on a lathe and welded to the barrel. On its wooden carriage, the artillery piece is 20 feet long and stands nearly 5 feet tall. The most complicated job was fabrication of the 56 inch wheels, assembled from 35 pieces of red oak.

Students who built Cannons

The following Mountain View High School students constructed the cannons during the 1990 – 1992 school years.

[List of names follow]

Contibutors

[A stone marker at the base of the main marker lists the names of financial contributors]
 
Erected 1991 by City of Vancouver.
 
Location. 45° 37.706′ N, 122° 39.818′ W. Marker is in Vancouver, Washington, in Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of E. Evergreen Way and Fort Vancouver Way, on the right when traveling east on E. Evergreen Way. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vancouver WA 98661, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
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By Kevin W., June 13, 2008
3. Cannon Replicas and Marker
of this marker. Congressional Medal of Honor Monument (here, next to this marker); The Reservation Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Officers Row (within shouting distance of this marker); The O. O. Howard House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clark County Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away); The Infantry Barracks (about 700 feet away); The Post Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away); Vancouver Barracks Parade Ground (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Vancouver.
 
More about this marker. Vancouver Granite Works supplied the stone marker inscribed with a history of the project and the names of students who participated in it.
 
Categories. Military
 
Cannon Replicas image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., June 13, 2008
4. Cannon Replicas
These cannons were meticulously re-created to exact specifications – except they cannot be fired.
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By Kevin W., June 13, 2008
5. Contributors
Stone marker at the base listing the names of financial contributors to the Cannon Replica Project.
 
 
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