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Portland in Cumberland County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Civil War guns

 
 
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Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2021
1. Civil War guns Marker
Inscription.  
In 1866, a year after the Civil War ended, these guns (technically, called 4.5-inch Siege Rifles) were cast in Pittsburgh by the Fort Pitt Foundry. They could fire a 25-to 30-pound ball 3,200 — nearly 2 miles! In the early 1900s, they were acquired for display in the new park.

The original cannon?
In 1814, this fort was designed to have eight guns defending the harbor, but was outfitted with only two — likely never fire.

Later, those guns were removed when Portland's defense shifted to harbor forts such as Fort Gorges. What happened to the original cannon? Unknown.

These Seige Rifles were refurbished and mounted on replica aluminum garrison carriages as part of the park's rehabilitation in time for its Bicentennial Celebration in 2014.
 
Erected by Friends of the Eastern Promenade.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and CastlesParks & Recreational AreasWar, US CivilWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1866.
 
Location. 43° 
Civil War guns Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones, November 14, 2021
2. Civil War guns Marker
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39.938′ N, 70° 14.458′ W. Marker is in Portland, Maine, in Cumberland County. Marker is at the intersection of Eastern Promenade and Morning Street, on the right when traveling north on Eastern Promenade. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 49 Eastern Promenade, Portland ME 04101, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The story of Fort Allen Park (here, next to this marker); Why build Fort Allen? (a few steps from this marker); Portland Maine Fort Allen Park GAR memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); 20,000 Civil War veterans tent here (within shouting distance of this marker); 1893 Bandstand (within shouting distance of this marker); 9/11 Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Portland Maine Fort Allen Park USS Portland Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Remember the Maine (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Portland.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 21, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 84 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 21, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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Aug. 12, 2022