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150 Pounder Armstrong Gun Captured at Fort Fisher, North Carolina – January 15, 1865

 
 
Armstrong Gun Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
1. Armstrong Gun Marker
Inscription. Rifled muzzleloading gun made in 1864 by Sir W.G. Armstrong & Company, England, said to have been a gift from private donors in England to the Confederacy. A major weapon in the armament of Fort Fisher, Wilmington, North Carolina, it was captured January 15, 1865 by a combined Union Army and Naval assault closing the last deep water port to Confederate blockade runners.

Shipped to the Military Academy in 1865, the gun was a prominent feature of Trophy Point for the next hundred years until the deterioration of the wooden carriage caused it to be removed from Trophy Point.

A faithful reproduction of the original seacoast carriage and the return of the Armstrong Gun to Trophy Point was a privileged salute to our alma mater on our fiftieth anniversary.
USMA 1932

 
Erected 1982 by USMA Class of 1932.
 
Location. 41° 23.676′ N, 73° 57.5′ W. Marker is in West Point, New York, in Orange County. Marker can be reached from Washington Road, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is located at Trophy Point in the United States Military Academy. Marker is in this post office area: West Point NY 10996, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker.
Markers at Trophy Point image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
2. Markers at Trophy Point
Two markers are found near the Armstrong Gun at Trophy Pount. This marker is the one on the right.
8 Inch (150-pounder) Armstrong Gun (here, next to this marker); Battery Sherburne (within shouting distance of this marker); Douglas MacArthur (within shouting distance of this marker); Welcome to Trophy Point (within shouting distance of this marker); U.S. Military Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); Wars That Shaped the Nation (within shouting distance of this marker); Beat Navy Tunnel (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colonel Thayer (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in West Point.
 
More about this marker. The top of the marker contains a relief image of the Armstrong Gun. The bottom features the logo of the Military Academy.
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
150 Pounder Armstrong Gun image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
3. 150 Pounder Armstrong Gun
Trophy Point image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, September 5, 2009
4. Trophy Point
The 150 Pounder Armstrong Gun can be seen in the background of the photo. Trophies from the Mexican War appear in the foreground.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 8, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,756 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 8, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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