Forest City in Winnebago County, Iowa — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Winnebago County Spanish-American War Veterans Memorial
25 April - 25 August 1898
The original cannon barrel was dated 1869, #9981, engraved in Spanish "Fundicion de Artilleria", Seville, Spain, was commissi0ned by Queen Isabella II of Spain by royal decree. It was captured in 1898 at the Spanish Fort San Felipe, Philippines. Manila Bay was protected by Corregidor Island at the opening of the bay and flanked by the Providences of Battan (Death March), Luzon and Cavite. Cavite city, 20 miles south of Manila hosted Fort San Felipe built in the 16th century.
The original barrel was obtained by David Secor in Sept 1899 from the Bureau of Ordinance, Washington D.C. honoring Winnebago County Spanish-American war veterans. The cannon was shipped from San Francisco with the City of Forest City paying freight.
The barrel was then donated in 1942 to support the WW2 war effort via a metal scrap drive. The barrel weighed 2,070 pounds of solid brass and brought a check of $144.90. it was common to use brass for barrels in the mid 1800's because brass was very durable, disbursed heat better than iron and less prone to premature ignition.
The war was provoked by word of Spanish colonial brutality
Lower left, at the bottom of the pedestal, the round metal disc (on the concrete) is a geodetic survey marker denoting elevation: 1200 ft. above mean sea level.
Ironic, the Barrel came from the area of Luzon, Corregidor and Battan of WW2 fame and could have gone back to that area in the form of shell casings. This replica was put in place Veterans Day, 11 Nov 2013.
Topics. This memorial is listed in this topic list: War, Spanish-American. A significant day of the year for for this entry is May 31.
Location. 43° 15.762′ N, 93° 38.313′ W. Marker is in Forest City, Iowa, in Winnebago County. Memorial is at the intersection of Clark Street and W I Street on Clark Street. Located on the grounds of the Winnebago County Courthouse. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 126 S Clark Street, Forest City IA 50436, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 6 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Winnebago County (Iowa) (within shouting distance of this marker); Union Soldier - Winnebago County Civil War Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance Forest City, Iowa Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Winnebago County, Iowa Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S.S. Maine (approx. 11.3 miles away); Britt Freedom Rock Veterans Memorial (approx. 14.2 miles away).
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