Historic Markers Across Georgia

The First Breech Loading Cannon

Marker ID:  
Location: 1315 Wynnton Rd, Columbus, GA
County: Muscogee
Coordinates: N 32° 28.01    W 084° 58.418
  32.46683333    -84.97363333
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: None


The First Breech Loading Cannon
Historic Relic of Civil War

Made by Confederate States Naval Iron Works Columbus, Ga. - 1863
Cannon was made from wheel shaft of river steamer John C. Calhoun. Designed by Capt. Wm. J. McAlister steam boat capt. and civil engr. Machine work by Freeman C. Stewart. Trunnion was broken off by Gen. Wilson's raiders to prevent its further use. The Columbus Iron Works Co. est. 1853 was the C.S. Naval Iron Works during the Civil War.