Friday, June 27, 2014
Fort Sumter National Monument has added a new cannon to its world class collection. You can see this gun on temporary display at Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island, in the field between the fort and the beach. It is the first cannon produced before 1800 on permanent display at the park.
The Jacksonville, Florida, Sheriff’s Department discovered the cannon in a vacant lot in 1988 and turned it over to the National Park Service (NPS) at Fort Caroline National Memorial. Because the British cannon did not fit into that park’s story, NPS historians researched the gun. They determined that it was produced between 1693 and 1722, and is similar to the type of cannon the English king sent to South Carolina while it was still a British colony in the early 1700s.
Since this type of cannon may have been used at Fort Moultrie during the Revolutionary War, the NPS transferred it to Fort Sumter National Monument for exhibit at Fort Moultrie. The gun has recently undergone conservation treatment by Clemson University’s Warren Lasch Conservation Center. It will eventually be permanently housed on a reproduction carriage inside the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center.
“We are excited to have the cannon on exhibit at Fort Moultrie in time for this year’s Carolina Day observance,” said Superintendent Tim Stone. “Although all the other guns in our collection are original to their time periods, until now reproductions were all we had to represent the Revolutionary War.”
This year marks the 238th anniversary of the battle of Sullivan’s Island.