Forged in 1762 in Leicester,
England, this cannon was part
of an outpost located near here
to defend the causeway at Four
Holes Creek during the
Revolutionary War. It was
recovered from the creek
beneath six feet of silt by a
bridge work crew in 1921.
(Plaque Behind Cannon):
A Cannon's Pride
by Edward Jack Smith
In 1781, when I was shiny and new,
I served atop this hill against The British marching through.
I was the first gun to fire when the Redcoats came in sight.
I demanded retribution, and I challenged them to fight.
Firing from the Ramparts into a sea of red,
I gave glory to the honor of every patriot dead.
The British broke into the woods as fast as they could go,
then bogged down with the gators in the mud of the Ol' Four Hole.
Now once more, I stand on watch for passers-by to see.
I serve as a quiet reminder that their freedom isn't free.
From the days of the Revolution, to the World War marching bands,
for all who served in Asia, or stormed the desert sands.
To all the Patriots yet unborn who will guard our liberty,
I thank you for the sacrifice you pay to follow me.July 1999