This set has its original paint and appears to have been actually used in the field to load and swab the bore of a 6-pounder cannon. It comes from the Valley Forge Historical Society, having been acquired by them in the 1910s. The collection at that time was said to have come from Antietam and Gettysburg; both not too far from Valley Forge. It’s amazing that the lambs wool (or carpet?) still remains on the sponge head! This is extremely rare! Book a tour to see this exciting piece.
In preparation for our Guns & Beer VI Annual Beer Tasting Fundraiser (Saturday, November 14), we successfully moved the Civil War James cannon (click here for more information about this canon) from our canon shed to the Varnum Memorial Armory’s drill hall today.
This very rare 19th century canon is being brought out as a special treat to our beer tasting attendees. CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS!
Special thanks go to Gordon Kilday (Quonset Auto Body) who provided a flat bed truck for the move and to truck operator Mike Corey along with several Varnum member volunteer assistance.