Jackson in Clarke County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
C S A Brooke Cannon S-96
The Brooke cannon designed by Captain John M. Brooke C.S. Navy, and manufactured in Selma, Alabama, was credited by experts North and South the most powerful cannon used in the War for Southern Independence its range was up to 2200 yards.
The identifying number S-96 on the cascabel means that it was the 96th gun made at the Confederate Arsenal in Selma. On the right-hand trunnion of the weapon are the initials of Catesby ap. R. Jones (CapRJ), the left-hand trunnion is the weight, about 15,200 lb. It was delivered to the Mobile defenses on December 21, 1864.
The S-95, another Brooke cannon, is still at Choctaw Bluff on the Alabama River. It is a 7" gun which was cast on August 8, 1864 and was shipped on January 6, 1865 to the Mobile defenses. The S-96 was used for defense at Oven Bluff on the Tombigbee River.
Location. 31° 30.469′ N, 87° 53.757′ W. Marker is in Jackson, Alabama, in Clarke County. Marker is at the intersection of Commerce Street (Alabama Route 177) and Magnolia Drive, on the right when traveling south on Commerce Street. Touch for map. Located in front of Jackson City Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 350 Commerce Street, Jackson AL 36545, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker Jackson (here, next to this marker); City of Jackson (a few steps from this marker); The Clarke County War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); First District Agricultural College and Experiment Station (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kimbell House (approx. 1½ miles away); Jackson Prisoner of War Camp (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Taylor House (approx. 3.6 miles away); Central Salt Works (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jackson.
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Also see . . .
1. Confederate States Navy Research Center article on Confederate Naval Cannons. Center located in Mobile, Alabama. (Submitted on February 26, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article on the Brooke Rifle. (Submitted on February 26, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 26, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 170 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 26, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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