Vancouver in Clark County, Washington — The American West (Northwest)
Cannon Replica Project
Using drawings more than 100 years old, these cannons were meticulously re-created to exact specifications – except that the cannons cannot be fired. On November 8, 1991 the cannons were unveiled as part of the Congressional Medal of Honor convention by General Colin L. Powell and Major General Patrick H. Brady, Vice President of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, in memory of Vancouverís four recipients buried at the Vancouver Barracks Cemetery.
† † † † † † † † † † † † † † † Bugler Herman Pfisterer
† † † † † † † † † † † † † † † First Sergeant James M. Hill
† † † † † † † † † † † † † † † First Sergeant Moses Williams
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Each barrel is 6 feet long with a 4.6 inch bore and weights about 400 pounds. It began as a 4 foot hollow piece of steel. The breech and muzzle were shaped on a lathe and welded to the barrel. On its wooden carriage, the artillery piece is 20 feet long and stands nearly 5 feet tall. The most complicated job was fabrication of the 56 inch wheels, assembled from 35 pieces of red oak.
The following Mountain View High School students constructed the cannons during the 1990 – 1992 school years.
[List of names follow]
[A stone marker at the base of the main marker lists the names of financial contributors]
Erected 1991 by City of Vancouver.
Location. 45° 37.706′ N, 122° 39.818′ W. Marker is in Vancouver, Washington, in Clark County. Marker is at the intersection of E. Evergreen Way and Fort Vancouver Way, on the right when traveling east on E. Evergreen Way. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vancouver WA 98661, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance Congressional Medal of Honor Monument (here, next to this marker); The Reservation Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Officers Row (within shouting distance of this marker); The O. O. Howard House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Clark County Veterans Memorial (about 600 feet away); The Infantry Barracks (about 700 feet away); The Post Hospital (approx. 0.2 miles away); Vancouver Barracks Parade Ground (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vancouver.
More about this marker. Vancouver Granite Works supplied the stone marker inscribed with a history of the project and the names of students who participated in it.
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