Three Rivers Town Cannon

Three Rivers Town Cannon (HM15X6)

Location: Three Rivers, MI 49093 St Joseph County
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N 41° 56.563', W 85° 38.13'

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Before the Civil War local militias in Michigan were supplied with arms and equipment donated by the Federal Government under the Militia Act of 1808.

During the Mexican War (1845-47) the army's new artillery system was very successful and well reported in the press. In 1847 the State of Michigan chose to draw an accumulated share of military equipment in cannons. The State in turn loaned each cannon to a town which agreed to train men to use and maintain it.

This cannon was made by Ames Mfg. Co. of Chicopee, Mass. and serial numbered 323 by inspector Jas. W. Ripley on August 26, 1847. It was part of a shipment of seventeen 6 pounder guns, with carriages and full equipment sent in late 1847 to Michigan, still a "frontier" state.
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State records after the Civil War show a bronze 6 pounder gun on loan to Three Rivers. It was probably used in Michigan for training during the Civil War. Local history indicates it was frequently fired for ceremonial events.

By 1888 the cannon was too obsolete for serious military use. The State ordered it back to Lansing for disposal. Instead, the village was allowed to purchase the bronze gun tube for 12 1/2 cents a pound according to the local newspaper of February 10th.

The cannon continued to be used for local ceremonies and celebrations until retired for safety reasons. It remains a local landmark.

Marker given in memory of Matt J. & Mary Switlik
HM NumberHM15X6
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Date Added Saturday, October 4th, 2014 at 6:17am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 613107 N 4644316
Decimal Degrees41.94271667, -85.63550000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 56.563', W 85° 38.13'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 56' 33.78" N, 85° 38' 7.80" W
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Area Code(s)269
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 272-298 US-131 Business, Three Rivers MI 49093, US
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