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Exercise your detecting skillz

I get around enough so that I've noticed the homogenization of America has made the cores of most newer towns and cities all pretty much look alike -- the same building styles, the same Big Name stores, the same clothing styles on the kids. But Main Street in each of the older towns (pre-WWII for you chilluns) in each part of the country is unique enough to enable me to confirm where I am.

F'rinstance, drive through the older parts of Memphis and you'll pass gas station, Baptist church, house, Baptist church, house, house, Baptist church, house, Methodist church, Baptist church, convenience store.

In N'Awluns, you'll pass bar, bar, restaurant, bar, house, restaurant, souvenir shop, bar, restaurant, house, bar.

Well, I took a road trip this past weekend and here's what I passed on the main drag: antique shop, antique shop, 'Piskie church, art gallery, antique shop, house, antique shop, bed 'n' breakfast, Congregationalist church, antique shop.

Your challenge: in which direction does the cannon in the town square point -- and why?





Heh. Go to it, kids.

UPDATE: Ah, yes -- I *did* forget to give you some context, didn't I?






There. All fixed.

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The round white object visible in the muzzle isn't a lens flare -- there really *is* an object in there.

And, as usual, I know why.
 
Flag flying at half-mast, probably up north somewhere. Maybe somewhere  in PA, since former PA Congressman Frank Mascara just died on July 10. So, gun is probably facing south toward the Confederacy.
 
I'm guessing that's a War of Northern Aggression monument and the gun is pointing south.

We both remember what the US was like before the Interstates were built. I remember traveling between Oregon and Tennessee when my father was stationed at Adair in Oregon. 4 day trip to Nashville and no chain restaraunt anywhere along the way. Every place had its own character, and the Mom and Pop eating places were all different, even if the names of the entrees in the menu were much the same they had their own interpretation.

We took US 66 from OK City to Kali to go north into Oregon in 1961. We lost a lot after the Interstates were pretty much finished.
 
The flag's not at half-staff in remembrance of a state politician, but in honor of a local Soldier who was KIA.
   
Soldier's Monument, Woodbury Connecticut.  It faces SSE, accordingly to Googlemaps.  But the significance of that, plus the object in the muzzle, I dunno.  But I'll waste some time at lunch.
 
I'm going to swim against the tide and go for East.   I would say Australia is much more homogeneous than the US in country towns.
 
 John cheated. He had intel.
 
John did not.  John just knows how to find cannon.  After three generations of Redlegs in the family, it's genetic.
 
Actually, if you'd dug a little deeper, you'd have discovered a couple of interesting things about it...
 
I knew it was a war between the states monument, but was guessing about the orientation of the cannon. Turns out there are two, one each facing north and south.

The blurb about CT CW monuments says a bit about the firm that fabricated it, the source of the stone, and the addition of the guns. Not sure what you're getting at about the interesting things, Bill.
 
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Ha! The shadow should be a good confirmation which way the cannon is pointing too!

(Nice looking obelisk.) 
 
The cannon face North and South apparently and there are two.  No I don't know and I doubt anyone else does since the town doesn't even know where they came from for sure.

Two cannon are on the Green, one north of the monument, the other south. They are identical iron guns 10', 3" long, 71" girth at the breech, with 6 1/2" inside diameter at the muzzle, on iron stands. The flat surface of the muzzle of the north gun is incised I B N 44, the south I B N 93.

The cannon on the site do not show in the historic picture. They no doubt were added later. According to one town tradition, they came from a battleship. It may be more likely that they were among the hundreds distributed to towns by the federal government about the time of World War I.

 
2nd Connecticut Heavy Artillery (originally mustered in as the 19th Connecticut Infantry)...

the dried oak leaf is a memorial to Major Hubbard, who declined promotion to colonel commanding the Regiment following the death of Colonel Kellogg at Cold Harbor, in order to stay with the 1st Battalion throughout the Shenandoah campaign of 1864.
 
I'm guessing it's  an old naval gun, going on two criteria. One, I've never seen a field gun of that era with that profile. Two, the breeching loop above the cascabel, to secure the breeching rope to control recoil on a ship-board gun, and generally make it behave at other times. Granted, such could have been on a land-service gun on a garrison carriage,though.
 
Yes, indeedy, it's a 19th Century ex-squid boom-maker, a smoothbore 32-pounder.

At least, that's my EWAG*...



*Edjimacated Wild-A$$ed Guess


 
I have an EG:  US Army M1829 32pdr Seacoast guns, used in the seacoast forts of the day, and rendered surplus when we shifted to breech-loaders in the 1890s - hence why they showed up late to the party at the monument, and you don't find many of them in my part of the country, either.

The most ubiquitous of the breed, outnumbering their later M1840 and M1845 versions (most easily distinguished by the absence of the breeching ring (it was this feature that vastly aided by Googling of yesterday).  The WF means it was cast at the West Point Foundry.