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Upper Pittsgrove in Salem County, New Jersey — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Pole Tavern Cannon

 
 
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By Allen C. Browne, December 30, 2010
1. Pole Tavern Cannon Marker
Inscription. The Cannon Il Lugano which was forged in Naples in 1763 weighs 800 Pounds. Il Lugano was used in battle against the Austrians. Napoleon who visited Italy once in 1796 and again in 1800 dragged the cannon over the Alps and Eventually back to France. Napoleon then sent the cannon to his brother Joseph who was the ruler of Spain. In 1808 the Duke of Wellington's Troops captured the cannon from Joseph and returned it to England. It was then used in Canada during the war of 1812 when American colonists captured it in 1814 in Plattsburg, New York. After the war was over the cannon was declared surplus by the United States Government, and sold to Salem County to Supply the county militia. During the Civil War (1861-1865) the cannon was used by the Pole Tavern Militia in preparation for battle. Since 1913 the cannon has been in the Pole Tavern Area.

The Cannon was restored in 1986 by Jay Williams and David Harvey with tremendous pride in their accomplishment.

This building was constructed in 1994 by Nicholas Hutchinson and fellow Scouts, to house and protect this historic cannon. Nicolas chose this project as a requirement to achieve Eagle Scout which he proudly received in 1995.
 
Location. 39° 36.995′ N, 75° 13.786′ W. Marker is in Upper
Pole Tavern Cannon Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2010
2. Pole Tavern Cannon Marker
Pittsgrove, New Jersey, in Salem County. Marker is on Harding Highway (U.S. 40) near Pole Tavern Circle. Touch for map. The Pole Tavern Circle is the intersection of Harding Highway (US route 40) with Old Tavern Road, the Pole Tavern -- Elmer Road, and the Bridgeton Pike. Marker is in this post office area: Elmer NJ 08318, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Old Pittsgrove Presbyterian Church (approx. 2 miles away); Pittsgrove Church (approx. 2.1 miles away); Trinity Church (approx. 10.1 miles away); Skirmish at Swedesboro (approx. 10.1 miles away); a different marker also named Trinity Church (approx. 10.1 miles away); First Swedish Church (approx. 10.1 miles away); Trinity "Old Swedes" Church (approx. 10.1 miles away); Stratton Hall (approx. 10.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is inside the plastic sided shed that protects the cannon.
 
Categories. War of 1812War, US Civil
 
Pole Tavern Cannon Marker at the Upper PIttsgrove Township Offices image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 28, 2010
3. Pole Tavern Cannon Marker at the Upper PIttsgrove Township Offices
Pole Tavern Cannon image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 30, 2010
4. Pole Tavern Cannon
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 11, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 442 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 11, 2012, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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