New Bern Civil War Cannon Returned To State

A Confederate cannon seized during the Battle of New Bern is back in North Carolina in time for the 150th anniversary of the skirmish.

Amherst College in Massachusetts has loaned the cannon to the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, which will display it until June 2015.

On Wednesday, members of a re-enactment group will be at the museum, dressed in uniform and available to talk with visitors. The re-enactors are part of the Charlotte Artillery, Company C, 10th N.C. State Troops, Reactivated.

The cannon was issued to that company at the start of the Civil War. The company was sent to New Bern for the battle on March 14, 1862. The Union gave the cannon to the 21st Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, which gave it to Amherst.