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The Griffen Cannon and Memorial

 
 
The Griffen Cannon and Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
1. The Griffen Cannon and Memorial
Inscription.
The Griffen Cannon

One of 1400 guns made at Phoenix Iron
Company Shops between 1860 and 1865.

Invented by John Griffen

These 3 inch wrought iron rifled field
pieces served the Union forces with great
merit during the Civil War.

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My Brothers

Walking over this hill leaving the past behind us and now begin our journey forward, looking toward the future.

I walk between my brothers. One has been loyal to the South, the other the North. I stand a little closer to my brother in gray because to me he is a little taller in his defeat. Looking toward him is my brother in blue. He does not wear the gloating smile of a victor, but shows instead the warm, understanding smile of a loving brother.

As we walk homeward, we pass by a damaged tree. In the next few years it will grow sparingly, then die. In its stead a new sprout will be given birth from the roots of the old, and in place of the damaged tree a young, vibrant one will live to grow tall and strong. Also, the war-ravaged farmhouse, which once was useful and proud, will be rebuilt by the hands of the hopeful.

And so, life goes on and time heals. As tomorrow becomes yesterday and the future becomes the past, our family
My Brothers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
2. My Brothers
also will heal.

These things I know, because these are my brothers.

Mural Painted by Joseph C. Hennesy

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Griffen Gun Memorial

Dedicated as Phoenixville's
Civil War Centennial
Celebration May 11, 1963

This building was erected and given
to the Borough of Phoenixville by
the Phoenixville Lions Club.

The Griffen Gun was given to the
Borough by the Phoenix Steel Corp.

Many other donations were received
from various organizations and individuals.

 
Erected 1963 by Phoenix Steel Corporation, Phoenixville Lions Club and Concerned Citizens and Organization.
 
Location. 40° 7.675′ N, 75° 30.832′ W. Marker is in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, in Chester County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street and Third Avenue, on the left when traveling south on Main Street. Touch for map. Memorial is near the SW corner of Reeves Park. Marker is in this post office area: Phoenixville PA 19460, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. American Legion Post 482 War Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Phoenixville Vietnam War Memorial
My Brothers Mural image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
3. My Brothers Mural
(within shouting distance of this marker); Phoenixville War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Phoenix Iron Company (approx. half a mile away); Phoenix Iron & Steel Company (approx. half a mile away); Symbols of Steel Sculpture Garden (approx. half a mile away); Valley Forge General Hospital (approx. 1.8 miles away); Village of Valley Forge (approx. 2.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Phoenixville.
 
Also see . . .  Phoenix Iron Company. (Submitted on October 27, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. HeroesIndustry & CommerceMilitaryPatriots & PatriotismWar, US Civil
 
The Griffen Gun Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
4. The Griffen Gun Memorial Marker
The Griffen Cannon and Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
5. The Griffen Cannon and Memorial
The Griffen Cannon and Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
6. The Griffen Cannon and Memorial
Path leads northeast toward statue of David Reeves at center of park.
Cannon Memorial Near Griffen Gun Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
7. Cannon Memorial Near Griffen Gun Memorial
Cannon to left of Griffen Cannon and Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
8. Cannon to left of Griffen Cannon and Memorial
Cannon Muzzle Markings image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., July 4, 2009
9. Cannon Muzzle Markings
The markings indicate this rifled cannon was produced in 1866, with registry number 1039, weihing over 1000 pounds. It was among the last of its type produced.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 27, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,220 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on October 27, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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