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Abilene in Taylor County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Fort Babe Shaw Memorial

 
 
Fort Babe Shaw Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 31, 2015
1. Fort Babe Shaw Memorial Marker
Inscription.

To All Hardin-Simmons Men and Women
Who Have Served Their Country in War
Roll of the Dead of World War I

Chester A. Adams Jack Blount Kenneth Burns Ennis Camp Robert Embry Aubrey Fisher Allister Goodnight O.A. Keele Reed Morris Frank Martin Dennis Pumphrey Stephen D. Rainey Clyde Shaw
 
Location. 32° 28.544′ N, 99° 44.073′ W. Marker is in Abilene, Texas, in Taylor County. Marker can be reached from Hickory Street north of Ambler Avenue. Click for map. Marker is located on the campus of Hardin-Simmons University east of Reflection Pond; the above directions are to the university. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2200 Hickory St, Abilene TX 79601, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hardin-Simmons University Student Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Albert G. Maroscher Memoriam (a few steps from this marker); The Hardin-Simmons Bell (within shouting distance of this marker); Hardin-Simmons University (within shouting distance of this marker); William G. and Shirley Swenson Home (approx.
Fort Babe Shaw Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 31, 2015
2. Fort Babe Shaw Memorial
0.6 miles away); Site of Old Headquarters of the Hashknife Ranch (approx. 0.8 miles away); Morgan Jones (approx. 1.2 miles away); Abilene Municipal Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Abilene.
 
More about this marker. The cannon is named “Arizona Bill” in honor of one of the war dead, Kenneth (Arizona Bill) Burns. He was killed during World War I as he carried a message through a thick stream of fire. The memorial is dedicated to Clyde “Babe” Shaw of Ovalo, a small town 20 miles south of the campus. Shaw, who was a volunteer, was also killed during World War I as he was cutting barbed wire in front of his trenches so that his comrades may go over the top at less peril.

(Source: HSU History, Traditions and Landmarks. Abilene, Texas: Hardin-Simmons University.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Artillery Piece
This is a pre-war US 3.2" Model 1883-1897 field gun. It was the first breech loading field gun in the US Army and went through a number of minor changes during its period of use. As it had no recoil mechanism it was vastly outclassed by
Fort Babe Shaw Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, July 31, 2015
3. Fort Babe Shaw Memorial
The Student Memorial Tree is to the right of the Fort Babe Shaw Memorial
the Krupp guns used by the Spanish in the Spanish American War. None of these guns would have gone to France. It is a relatively rare piece and should be inside a museum - not sitting outside.
    — Submitted December 8, 2015, by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas.

 
Categories. War, World I
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 187 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page was last revised on September 16, 2016.
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