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Annandale in Fairfax County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Cannon

 
 
The Cannon Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 5, 2008
1. The Cannon Marker
Inscription. This Model 1905 three inch field gun saw service in the Mexican Campaign against Pancho Villa, and was originally obtained by a local veterans organization during the mid-1950s. In the early 1980s, American Legion Bicentennial Post 1976, Annandale, obtained stewardship of the cannon and initiated a restoration project that included new wooden wheels handcrafted by a master wheelwright. The cannon and memorial are maintained by Post 1976 as reminders of the sacrifices of our veterans in maintaining freedom around the world.
 
Erected 1999 by Annandale Streetscape, Fairfax County, and the Annandale Central Business District Planning Committee.
 
Location. 38° 49.866′ N, 77° 11.664′ W. Marker is in Annandale, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker is at the intersection of Backlick Road (County Route 617) and Columbia Pike (Virginia Route 244), in the median on Backlick Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Annandale VA 22003, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Little River Turnpike (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Action At Annandale (approx. half a mile away); Mosby Attacks Annandale
Marker and Cannon image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 5, 2008
2. Marker and Cannon
The roadway in the foreground is Columbia Pike.
(approx. one mile away); Price’s Ordinary (approx. 1.4 miles away); Mason’s Hill (approx. 1.7 miles away); Historic Green Spring (approx. 1.9 miles away); Ravensworth (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named Ravensworth (approx. 2.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annandale.
 
Regarding The Cannon. The Pancho Villa Expedition, also known as the Mexican Expedition and the Punitive Expedition, occurred from March 1916 to February 1917. U.S. Forces under General John J. Pershing crossed into Mexico after Pancho Villa’s forces after his incursions into the U.S. and his attack of Columbus, New Mexico, and the U.S. Army regiment there.
 
Also see . . .  Pancho Villa, A Punitive Expedition. “After a raid on U.S. soil by the men of Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa, President Woodrow Wilson responded by ordering a punitive expedition into Mexico to capture Villa dead or alive.” (Submitted on April 5, 2008.) 
 
Categories. Military
 
The Cannon, a Model 1905 Three Inch Field Gun image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, April 5, 2008
3. The Cannon, a Model 1905 Three Inch Field Gun
The small stone tablet on the right has a brass U.S. Veteran seal and this quotation by Albert Pine: “That which we do for ourselves dies with us. That which we do for others remains.”
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 5, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 2,958 times since then and 137 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 5, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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