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Rodman “Columbiad” Cannon

 
 
Rodman "Columbiad" Cannon Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 14, 2018
1. Rodman "Columbiad" Cannon Marker
Inscription.

Distinguished by its clean lines and notched, flat breech, this 10-inch cannon was developed by U.S. Army Ordinance [sic - Ordnance] Lieutenant (later Major) Thomas J. Rodman. It was cast at Fort Pitt, Pennsylvania in 1862, carries serial number 37, weighs 14,920 lbs., and from its 126-inch-long tube could fire a 128-pound shot approximately 1,800 yards. Cast iron was poured into the mold around a water cooled core, giving the cannon great strength. From the late 1800s to the mid 1930s it was emplaced near the shore at the State Military Reservation in Niantic, when it was moved to the main gate of the camp. In 1996 it was relocated to this spot at the State Armory and Arsenal.
 
Erected by Connecticut Military Department.
 
Location. 41° 45.868′ N, 72° 41.136′ W. Marker is in Hartford, Connecticut, in Hartford County. Marker is on Michael J. Fallon Way west of Hungerford Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker and cannon are on the Governor William A. O'Neill State Armory grounds. Marker is at or near this postal address: 360 Broad Street, Hartford CT 06105, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Connecticut State Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this

Rodman "Columbiad" Cannon and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 14, 2018
2. Rodman "Columbiad" Cannon and Marker
marker); Elbert Weinberg Abstract Untitled Sculpture (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Andersonville Boy (about 600 feet away); Major General Clarence Ransom Edwards DSM (about 600 feet away); Orville Hitchcock Platt (approx. 0.2 miles away); Joseph Roswell Hawley (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trinity College (approx. 0.2 miles away); Col. Thomas Knowlton (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hartford.
 
Also see . . .
1. Columbiad at Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 15, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Thomas Jackson Rodman at Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 15, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Mammoth Guns. (Submitted on May 15, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesWar, US Civil
 
Rodman "Columbiad" Cannon and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 14, 2018
3. Rodman "Columbiad" Cannon and Marker
At the Governor O'Neill State Armory
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 15, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 67 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 15, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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