Working Cannon Headed To Fort Macon

North Carolina's Fort Macon is bringing back the sounds of the Civil War with an operational cannon that weighs 4,200 pounds.

The 20-foot long replica cannon will journey Wednesday from Wayne Community College in Goldsboro to the Fort Macon park near Morehead City. It will make stops in Kinston and New Bern along the way.

State park system spokesman Charlie Peek says officials purchased the cannon for about $19,000, and students at Wayne Community College have been working for more than a year to build a carriage to hold it.

Fort Macon currently has two inoperable cannons. The state park staff will be training a crew to fire the new one in demonstrations starting early next year.


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  • by Me Location: Snow HIll on Dec 31, 2010 at 07:13 AM
    Now Russ, shame shame, you know its not coming from the unwed, welfare, mothers fund. Its coming from all those paychecks (from the workers overseas that now hold the jobs, that were sent over there) you know the jobs the ones OUR government gave incentitives to move overseas> One Fund is about as stupid as the other. Im glad they bought the Cannon my Family has enjoyed Fort Macon all my Life, it was a tradition my Dad started when I was young now that I have a daughter she has been several times a year, every year of her life and intends on getting married there, So she is starting her tradition. Its free places like this, that make it easy for hardworking people to get away and enjoy the history of this state. Im sure theres been a lot more than 19000 thrown away on things, that didnt have half the significants that this FORT has. Both of my Great Great Grandfathers served there. In 1863-1864
  • by Russ Location: Henderson on Dec 15, 2010 at 11:25 AM
    "officials purchased the cannon for about $19,000" Where did this money come from? I hope from the unwed, welfare, mothers fund.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 15, 2010 at 10:03 AM
    Rather than give the weight of the cannon, a little more specific information such as the make and model would be helpful. I assume this is either a 30 pound parrot rifle or 32 inch Seacoast. The park could tell you! At any rate. Fort Macon is top notch! This should make it even better. Awesome news!
  • by The Original ENC Location: enc on Dec 15, 2010 at 07:11 AM
    Cool...love the fort. @REM: ditto, @Mack..rotfl @Mike..indeed
  • by REM Location: ENC on Dec 15, 2010 at 06:54 AM
    "officials purchased the cannon for about $19,000" Where did this money come from?
  • by Paul Location: Grifton on Dec 15, 2010 at 06:16 AM
    Images or pictures, please? Mack that was funny! They have overrun all of ENC too!
  • by Mack Location: East of I-95 on Dec 15, 2010 at 05:59 AM
    Its too late! The Yankees done overrun all the coastal property.
  • by Goober Location: ENC on Dec 15, 2010 at 04:51 AM
    Locations and times in Kinston and New Bern would be nice so that people could be there to see it.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Dec 15, 2010 at 04:48 AM
    This is cool! I love the sound of artillery in the morning!! It sounds like..... VICTORY!!!
  • by Allen Location: Washington,N.C. on Dec 15, 2010 at 04:36 AM
    Great Idea ! we need more items returned to our coastal area,or up dates to help with history.
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