Artisans to Reproduce Revolutionary War Cannon

June 17, 2010

Artisans at Colonial Williamsburg are planning to reproduce a Revolutionary War cannon used by British infantry.

Officials with the historic area say artisans will use a brick casting furnace to turn nearly 700 pounds of molten bronze into a reproduction of the cannon originally produced between 1776 and 1778.

Light infantry three-pounder cannons consisted of a 41-inch barrel mounted on a wooden carriage. They were used in eastern Virginia and several were captured during the siege of Yorktown.

The first-ever cannon pour is the result of extensive research and trial-and-error testing to rediscover the 18th-century art of large object casting practiced by foundrymen of the time.

The cannon pour is scheduled for June 23.

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