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Downtown in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

These Five-Inch Brass Trophy Guns

 
 
These Five-Inch Brass Trophy Guns Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2007
1. These Five-Inch Brass Trophy Guns Marker
Inscription.
These five-inch brass trophy guns were captured from the Spanish Arsenal at Cavete [sic], in the Phillipine [sic] Islands on May 1, 1898, following the defeat of the Spanish Squadron in Manila Bay by the United States Navy. Admiral Dewey, the hero of the campaign, directed that the guns be sent to the United States National Museum (now the Smithsonian Institution). The guns are on loan from the Smithsonian Institution Division of Armed Forces History. Plaques atop the gun barrels state they were made in Sevilla, Spain in 1875.

From 1900 to 1943, there were 29 such pieces of ordnance from the Revolutionary, Mexican-American, and Spanish-American wars displayed on these grounds. Many were dispersed to the battlefields across the country, while some were scrapped for the World War II effort.
 
Location. 38° 53.913′ N, 77° 2.318′ W. Marker is in Downtown, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is at the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and West Executive Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Pennsylvania Avenue. Touch for map. Located on the north side courtyard fence for the Old Executive Office building. Marker is in this post office area: Washington DC 20005, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking
These Five-Inch Brass Trophy Guns Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 22, 2015
2. These Five-Inch Brass Trophy Guns Marker
distance of this marker. State, War, and Navy Building (a few steps from this marker); Executive Office Building (a few steps from this marker); Dwight D. Eisenhower Executive Office Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Lee House (within shouting distance of this marker); First Home of the Reserve Officers Association (within shouting distance of this marker); In Honor of Leslie Coffelt (within shouting distance of this marker); Francis Preston Blair (within shouting distance of this marker); The Blair House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Downtown.
 
Also see . . .  Battle of Manila Bay. Background information on the Battle of Manila Bay mentioned on the marker. (Submitted on December 15, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
 
Additional keywords. Cavite; Filipinas/Pilipinas; Philippines
 
Categories. MilitaryWar, Spanish-AmericanWaterways & Vessels
 
Spanish Gun image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 4, 2007
3. Spanish Gun
One of the Spanish-American War trophies guards the north entrance to the Old Executive Office Building.
Five-Inch Brass Trophy Gun image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, August 22, 2015
4. Five-Inch Brass Trophy Gun
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 15, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,779 times since then and 43 times this year. Last updated on January 12, 2014, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on December 15, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   2. submitted on August 23, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.   3. submitted on December 15, 2007, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4. submitted on August 23, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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