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Florence in Florence County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Brooke Rifled Cannon, VI.4-inch

 
 
Brooke Rifled Cannon, VI.4-inch Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, May 2, 2020
1. Brooke Rifled Cannon, VI.4-inch Marker
Inscription.  
Brooke Rifled Cannon, VI.4-inch
S-53
1864
Confederate Naval Foundry & Ordnance Works
Selma, Alabama
10,600 pounds
142” length

On loan from United States General Services Administration

The VI.4-inch Brooke has been called the, “quintessential Confederate cannon,” It was designed by John Mercer Brooke, former aide to Gen. Robert E. Lee and Chief of Naval Ordnance for the Confederacy. Rifled weapons were powerful and accurate, and were intended to penetrate the hulls of a new generation of ironclad warships. This cannon was shipped from Alabama to the Mars Bluff Naval Yard on July 13, 1864.
On loan from United States General Services Administration
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil. A significant historical date for this entry is July 13, 1864.
 
Location. 34° 11.085′ N, 79° 45.358′ W. Marker is in Florence, South Carolina, in Florence County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of East National Cemetery Road and South Gaillard Street, on the left when traveling west. This Cannon
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was placed on the C.S.S. Peedee positioned at the stern. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 707 East National Cemetery Road, Florence SC 29506, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. All Gave Some – Some Gave All (a few steps from this marker); Guns of the CSS Peedee (a few steps from this marker); Brooke Rifled Cannon, VII-inch (a few steps from this marker); Dahlgren, IX-inch (within shouting distance of this marker); Civil War Union Burials (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carillon (about 800 feet away); Florence National Cemetery (about 800 feet away); A National Cemetery System (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
 
Brooke Rifled Cannon, VI.4-inch Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross, May 2, 2020
2. Brooke Rifled Cannon, VI.4-inch Marker
Brooke Rifled Cannon, VI.4-inch CSS Peedee stern gun image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross
3. Brooke Rifled Cannon, VI.4-inch CSS Peedee stern gun
Brooke Rifled Cannon, VI.4-inch Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Brandon D Cross
4. Brooke Rifled Cannon, VI.4-inch Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 14, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 236 times since then and 7 times this year. Last updated on March 9, 2021, by Carl Gordon Moore Jr. of North East, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 14, 2020, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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