Baltimore, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
These three 19-inch Rodman gun tubes were probably made during the 1870’s, but their carriages are improved versions developed about 1888. A large hydraulic cylinder returned the gun to its forward position after firing and recoil. Another innovation was the use of bumpers made of a material relatively new to gunnery—rubber.
The automatic return feature eliminated the time consuming step of cranking the gun back into firing position by hand.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Maryland, Fort McHenry marker series.
Location. 39° 15.783′ N, 76° 34.748′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker can be reached from Fort Avenue. Marker and cannons are on the Fort McHenry grounds. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21230, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Great Guns of the Fort... (here, next to this marker); O Say Can You See? (a few steps from this marker); Outer Battery Entering Fort McHenry ... A Deadly Crossfire (within shouting distance of this marker); 1814 Enlisted Men's Barracks, No 2 (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Guardhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Bombproofs (within shouting distance of this marker); The Ravelin (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Baltimore.
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 19, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,925 times since then and 19 times this year. Last updated on September 21, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 19, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. 3, 4. submitted on August 24, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.