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Jamestown in Stutsman County, North Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Model 1861 8” Siege Howitzer

 
 
Model 1861 8" Siege Howitzer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, June 24, 2017
1. Model 1861 8" Siege Howitzer Marker
Inscription.
Manufactured by the Fort Pitt foundry in 1862.
The original cost paid was $205.50.
It is number 26 of a total of 171 manufactured. Only
73 have survived.
The barrel weight is 2602 pounds. The projectile
weighed 46 pounds and was propelled by 4 pounds
of black cannon powder.
It was originally mounted on a carriage that required
8 horses and 4 drivers to transport. One gunner
and 4 cannoneers fired the piece.
This howitzer was donated to Fort Seward 1897 at the
request of local chapter of the Grand Army of the Republic.
Interestingly, it was originally mounted at the south
gate of the historic 1883 Stutsman County Courthouse.
It was moved to the fort site in the mid 1920's
to stand silent watch over the city.
The touch hole has been spiked for safety.

 
Location. 46° 54.795′ N, 98° 43.259′ W. Marker is in Jamestown, North Dakota, in Stutsman County. Marker can be reached from 10th Avenue NW 0.2 miles south of 8th Street, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 605 10th Ave NW, Jamestown ND 58401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Seward (here, next to this marker); Fort William H. Seward
Model 1861 8" Siege Howitzer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, June 24, 2017
2. Model 1861 8" Siege Howitzer Marker
(here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Fort Seward (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Alton Klaus (approx. 0.6 miles away); Where the Two Rivers Meet (approx. mile away); Jamestown Dam (approx. 1.4 miles away); World's Largest Buffalo (approx. 2 miles away); White Cloud (approx. 2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jamestown.
 
Categories. Forts, CastlesWar, US Civil
 
Model 1861 8" Siege Howitzer image. Click for full size.
By Ruth VanSteenwyk, June 24, 2017
3. Model 1861 8" Siege Howitzer
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 16, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 14, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 14, 2018, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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