BALTIMORE (AP) - Seven historic cannons, some of which date back to the 1680s, have been refurbished and restored atop a hill in Baltimore’s Patterson Park as a final piece of the city’s War of 1812 bicentennial commemorations.
The cannons were removed last year to be cleaned and coated with a protective sealant. The Baltimore Sun (https://bsun.md/1N3ifyv ) reported that six of the iron artillery pieces were recently installed on new stands designed to look like a seventh erected as a monument in 1914.
“I’m just thrilled with the way they look,” Jennifer Arndt Robinson, executive director of the Friends of Patterson Park said. The nonprofit organization sought to restore and preserve the cannons as part of the War of 1812 bicentennial commemorations.
The restoration, which was paid for by a state grant, revealed that each cannon is at least 200 years old.
“They are a remarkable example of the various artillery that was used here in the Americas, not only in its conquest but also in its defense,” said Forrest Taylor, a Carroll County cannon expert who oversaw the restoration. “They were brought here at some point in time through the maritimers and they would end up being used to defend the city, while in the past they were used to defend other nation-states.”
For at least a century, the cannons marked the position from which Baltimore militiamen fended off a British land attack in September 1814 as Fort McHenry was being unsuccessfully bombarded by sea. That failed attack inspired Francis Scott Key to write the poem that became the national anthem.
According to the Sun’s archives, the Society of the War of 1812 presented the city with 10 cannons in 1907 which were mounted in Patterson and Riverside parks.
Taylor said over the decades, the cannons’ conditions deteriorated after years of exposure to rain and salty air.
“We’ve pretty quickly learned the significant history that was really on our hill, and it’s just another layer of the history of Patterson Park,” Robinson said.
Information from: The Baltimore Sun, https://www.baltimoresun.com
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