Photo by Brooke Wanser.
By BROOKE WANSER
After dedicating three Union cannons two weeks prior, Carter House representatives welcomed the arrival of a final cannon on Friday morning.
The 2,000 pound cast-bronze cannon was driven on a flat-bed trailer from Woodstock, Georgia, to Franklin by Tom Bailey, owner of Historical Ordnance Works.
Bailey said it took six months for the $25,000 cannon to be created, and it required work from two foundries.
Cullen Smith, the chairman of the Battle of Franklin Trust’s board of directors, led the committee to procure funds for the replicas.
“So much time, money and effort was spent by so many people to buy this property and convert it from a strip shopping mall to it’s rightful place as part of the Franklin battlefield,” he said.
Smith said the gun was being placed in the historically accurate location, just west of the Carter cotton gin site and park.
Smith said the three cannons already in place were part of the First Kentucky Federal Artillery, lined up against Columbia Avenue. Two 12-pound Napoleon guns were set against the cotton gin, and were part of the Sixth Ohio Battery; the cannon delivered Friday is a replica of one of the Napoleons.
“A lot has been written in letters and diaries about the devastation those guns caused, especially the ones in front of the cotton gin, because they were never overrun,” Smith said.
The number of Confederate casualties due to the Union weapons was heavy.
“As they got close, they began firing canister, which was basically a gigantic shotgun shell,” he said. “It was devastating.”