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Grand Isle in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

32 - Pounder

 
 
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November 25, 2016
1. 32 - Pounder Marker
Inscription. This approximately 10-foot long, 32- pounder gun was cast at the Columbia Foundry Georgetown, D.C., for the United States Navy in 1821. It was originally part of the armament of the USS Columbia, until the ship was decommissioned in 1848. After that date the cannon was stored at the Norfolk Navy Yard. Confederate Troops captured it there in 1861. In the fall of that year, the cannon was moved to Fort Livingston, a masonry fortification that guarded the entrance to Barataria Bay, on Grand Terre Island, Louisiana.

The carriage on which the gun presently rest resembles a Navy truck carriage, without the wheels. When transferred to Fort Livingston, the 32-pounder was mounted on a seacoast, front pintle, barrette carriage. The weight of the cannon is marked as 59.1.0, which translates to 6,636 lbs. It fired a 32-pound cannonball up to 1,901 yards, or two-thirds of a mile, with a six-pound charge of black powder.

The cannon is on loan to the people of Grand Isle from the Louisiana Division of Archaeology, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.
 
Location. 29° 14.572′ N, 89° 58.621′ W. Marker is in Grand Isle, Louisiana, in Jefferson Parish. Marker is on State Highway 1 east of Willow Street, in the median
32 - Pounder Marker image. Click for full size.
November 25, 2016
2. 32 - Pounder Marker
. Touch for map. Located on the grounds of the Grand Isle Community Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3811 Louisiana Highway 1, Grand Isle LA 70358, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Livingston (here, next to this marker); Grand Isle (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Grand Isle (within shouting distance of this marker); Cheniere Caminada Cemetery (approx. 5.6 miles away); Parish of Jefferson (approx. 7.2 miles away).
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
32 - Pounder Marker image. Click for full size.
November 25, 2016
3. 32 - Pounder Marker
32 - Pounder Marker image. Click for full size.
November 25, 2016
4. 32 - Pounder Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 25, 2016, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 267 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 25, 2016.
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