America's Most Famous Cannon

America's Most Famous Cannon (HMFGD)

Location: Peekskill, NY 10566 Westchester County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 17.339', W 73° 55.263'

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[ East face ]
The American Revolution
1775 · · · 1783
"America's Most Famous Cannon"
Sept. 21, 1780 · John Jacob Peterson of African descent · and Moses Sherwood of Van Cortlandt 3rd West, Militia took it to Croton Pt. and fired on the · Vulture · causing it to abandon Major Andre the British spy who was captured trying to escape through American territory.
· 1952 · Presented to Peekskill Museum by Paul I. Bleakley ·

[ North face ]
Patriot
Moses Sherwood
1761 · · · 1867
Buried in Sparta Cemetery · Ossining, NY
2nd NY Regt. · 4th NY Regt. · Hammonds, NY Regt.


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"The Traitors' Trail of Treason · · 1779 · · · 1780"
May 23, 1779 · Gen. Benedict Arnold contacts Sir Henry Clinton, British Commander. He has decided to desert the American Army. He corresponds with Major Andre and conspires to Surrender Gen. Washington and West Point.
Aug 23, 1780 · Washington gives Arnold command of West Point. Arnold weakens the defenses of the fort.
Sept. 20, 1780 · Andre sails up the Hudson on the Vulture to meet Arnold.
Sept. 21, 1780 · John Peterson fires the cannon · the Vulture retreats
Sept. 22, 1780 · Major Andre escapes through Peekskill · Yorktown · Bedford
Sept 23, 1780 · Andre is captured in Tarrytown with plans of West Point.
Oct 2, 1780 · Andre is hung as a spy in Tappan, NY.

[ South face ]
Patriot
John Jacob Peterson
1746 · · · 1850
Buried in Bethel Cemetery · Croton, NY
2nd NY Regt. · 3rd West. Militia · Van Renssalaer, NY Regt.
1st. Annual Peekskill Patriots Day
Cannon Remounted by the Moshier Family of Peekskill
Descendants of John Jacob Peterson
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HM NumberHMFGD
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Year Placed1952
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Date Added Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 3:39pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 590344 N 4571399
Decimal Degrees41.28898333, -73.92105000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 17.339', W 73° 55.263'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 17' 20.34" N, 73° 55' 15.78" W
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Area Code(s)845, 914
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 124 Union Ave, Peekskill NY 10566, US
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