Charleston in Charleston County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Two Cannons
The two cannons displayed in front of the Powder Magazine are Revolutionary-War era pieces that were found in the Charleston area. Referred to as field guns, the weapons would have been mounted on wheeled carriages for greater mobility.
Each cannon is stamped with a "GR". The letters refer to "Georgius Rex," Latin for King George. In this case the term is probably referring to George III (r. 1760-1820). On the cannon on the left, notice the arrow mark. This mark indicated that the weapon was government property. Originally, both cannons would have had this mark but later a repair mark obscured it on the right cannon.
Location. 32° 46.767′ N, 79° 55.8′ W. Marker is in Charleston, South Carolina, in Charleston County. Marker can be reached from Cumberland Street. Touch for map. Marker is located on the grounds of the Old Powder Magazine, affixed to the east wall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 79 Cumberland Street, Charleston SC 29401, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Powder Magazine Flags (here, next to this marker); Revolutionary Artillery (a few steps from this marker); The Old Powder Magazine (a few steps from this marker); Trott's Cottage The Nicholas Trott House (a few steps from this marker); Site of the First Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Richard Hutson (within shouting distance of this marker); John Caldwell Calhoun (within shouting distance of this marker); Colonel William Rhett (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Philip's Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Charleston.
Also see . . . George III of the United Kingdom. George III (George William Frederick; 4 June 1738 – 29 January 1820) was King of Great Britain and King of Ireland from 25 October 1760 until the union of these two countries on 1 January 1801, after which he was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland until his death. (Submitted on October 7, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 7, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 384 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 7, 2011, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.