Athens in Clarke County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Athens Double-Barrelled Cannon
It was tested in a field on the Newton’s Bridge road against a target of upright poles. With both balls rammed home and the chain dangling from the twin muzzles, the piece was fired; but the lack of precise simultaneity caused uneven explosion of the propelling charges, which snapped the chain and gave each ball an erratic and unpredictable trajectory.
Lacking a workable firing device, the gun was a failure. It was presented to the City of Athens where, for almost a century, it has been preserved as an object of curiosity, and where it performed sturdy service for many years in celebrating political victories.
Erected 1957 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 029-5.)
Marker series. This Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 57.597′ N, 83° 22.579′ W. Marker is in Athens, Georgia, in Clarke County. Marker is at the intersection of East Hancock Avenue and College Avenue, on the right when traveling east on East Hancock Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is located in front of the Athens City Hall. Marker is in this post office area: Athens GA 30601, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Dr. Moses Waddel (within shouting distance of this marker); First Flight in Georgia (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clarke County (about 700 feet away); Louis H. Persley (approx. 0.2 miles away); University of Georgia (approx. 0.2 miles away); Olympic Games in Athens (approx. 0.2 miles away); Holmes/Hunter Academic Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Stoneman Raid (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Athens.
Also see . . . Double-Barreled Cannon. (Submitted on June 2, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 20, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 1, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 848 times since then and 68 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on June 1, 2009, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.