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Ashland in Boyd County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Wiard Cannon

 
 
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Photographed By J. J. Prats, September 30, 2018
1. Wiard Cannon Marker
Inscription.  A former Canadian working for the United States during the Civil War invented several pieces of light ordnance which, although apparently excellent weapons, did not seem to have been particularly popular. Norman Wiard (1826-1896) was born in Ontario where at an early age he became foreman of a foundry and began experiments with ordnance. During the Civil War he served as Superintendent of Ordnance Stores, a post which offered considerable opportunity for his inventive proclivities and incidentally brought him into consultation regarding weapons development with both the President and Secretary of War Stanton.

Writing in 1863, Wiard described his weapons as being made of semi-steel (a low-carbon cast iron in which scrap steel replaces part of the pig iron of the charge) in two calibers — 6-pounder rifle of 2.6 inch bore and a 12-pounder, of 3.67 rifled bore. On display is the 2.6 Inch or 6-pounder version.

Reproduction by Steen Cannon & Ordnance Works.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: MilitaryWar, US Civil. A significant historical year for this entry is 1863.
 
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38° 28.707′ N, 82° 38.327′ W. Marker is in Ashland, Kentucky, in Boyd County. Marker is on Winchester Avenue (Business U.S. 23) east of 16th Street, on the left when traveling east. It is at The Old Post Office. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ashland KY 41101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Ashland (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); City Of Ashland (about 700 feet away); The Bandstand at Central Park (approx. 0.2 miles away); Proud to Serve One Family's Part in "The Greatest Generation" (approx. 0.2 miles away); Kentucky Native, Laura White (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trail of Fame (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ashland & the Spirit of Victory (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Ashland.
 
Wiard Cannon and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By J. J. Prats, September 30, 2018
2. Wiard Cannon and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 10, 2018. It was originally submitted on December 8, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 339 times since then and 33 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 8, 2018, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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