Bluffton in Wells County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Wells County 1862 Cannon - Civil War
( Plaque One )
On April 12, 1861, Confederate batteries opened fire on Fort Sumter in South Carolina, resulting in its capitulation the following day. By the time the final action at Palmito Ranch, Texas had concluded, some 1,489 days later on May12, 1865, approximately 620,000 soldiers had died in the Civil War — two-thirds as a result of disease.
The cannon on display was one of approximately 320 3-inch ordinance rifles manufactured by the Phoenix Iron Company in Phoenixville, Pa. For use in the Civil War. They played a prominent role in the conflict, participating at most of the major battles. This particular gun, serial number 283, was manufactured on Feb 5, 1862. Most of the surviving guns are still on the East coast, although at least four have made their way further West; one is on the Courthouse lawn in Brazil, one is in Fort Huron, Michigan, and a third is in Memphis, Tenn. Except for the wheels, all the restoration on this cannon was performed by local skilled people in Wells County, with most of them donating their time. Several businesses and individuals also donated funds to assist with the project.
The people who made This Possible
Sons of the Union Veterans of the Civil War
Champion Hill Camp 17
The American legion Post 111
Sons of the Confederacy
Clean Fuels National
T W Fable - Tiercell Schwartz
Bluffton News Banner
National Oil and Gas
Wells County Veterans
James S. Jackson Co.
The Monument Center
Thoma/Rich, Chaney & Lemler
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 40° 44.378′ N, 85° 10.311′ W. Marker is in Bluffton, Indiana, in Wells County. Marker is at the intersection of West Market Street and Main Street, on the left when traveling west on West Market Street. At the Market Street Entrance of the Wells County Courthouse in Bluffton, Indiana. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bluffton IN 46714, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Wells County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Pickett's Run (approx. ¼ mile away); Charles C. Deam (approx. Wells County War on Terrorism Honor Roll (approx. half a mile away); Wells County Veterans Honor Roll (approx. half a mile away); Deam Oak (approx. 2.9 miles away); Indian Mill Stone (approx. 10½ miles away); Thomas Mill Water Turbine (approx. 10½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bluffton.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 20, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 931 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on April 20, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.