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Here's the cannon


Okay, now where are the cannonballs?
Okay, now where are the cannonballs?
Geri'n'cannon at Hilton Hotel & Conference Center in Marietta, GA. Photo by hotel staffer.



Click through for the gallery with a couple more pictures including the informational sign.

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jbriggs
Jun. 11th, 2010 04:49 pm (UTC)
12 pounder smoothbore?
aisb23
Jun. 11th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
No, the bore is too small. It looks almost like a 3" rifle but those were cast iron not bronze. My guess is an old six pounder circa the War 1812 that was brought out of retirement for the Civil War.
gerisullivan
Jun. 11th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
The sign says it was a gift from the Federal Government in 1851. If it had been used in the War of 1812, I'm surprised the sign didn't mention that, too.
retooned
Jun. 11th, 2010 04:50 pm (UTC)
There were (& are) Civil War artillery fans who maintain & fire replica cannon like this. For type of cannon of a certain interior bore diameter, a non-traditional substitute for a period cylindrical cannon shell is a used beer can filled with concrete. It is low cost, about the right weight & diameter, and works for target practice.

You show in one of your gallery photos that the cannon is aimed at one of the 2 hotel elevators. You have the start of a plot for a regional murder mystery. I'm not sure if that would count as a 'cozy' mystery.
gerisullivan
Jun. 11th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
The mystery would have to involve the bheer cans coming from the bheer can Tower to the Moon, or some sort of contretemps between the Tower Builders and the cannon munitions team.
buttonlass
Jun. 11th, 2010 05:27 pm (UTC)
As a fellow northerner I fear for your safety. Please evacuate the area. We'll send reinforcements.:)
gerisullivan
Jun. 11th, 2010 08:56 pm (UTC)
I (heart) you.
randy_byers
Jun. 11th, 2010 08:20 pm (UTC)
Looks like you're being ogled by a Southern belle!
don_fitch
Jun. 11th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
I suppose some Regulars always exit the (appropriate) elevator with their hands upraised in token of surrender, in expectation of humane treatment -- a convention once honored by the U.S. Federal Government, as well as by the Confederacy (more-or-less, give or take Andersonville).
tagwn
Jun. 11th, 2010 09:49 pm (UTC)
How....nice that there aren't any cannonballs.
huladavid
Jun. 11th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
Have I ever told you about my going "silo hunting" with Jeff Peasley?
gerisullivan
Jun. 12th, 2010 04:40 am (UTC)
Not that I remember. Details, please!
drpaisley
Jun. 12th, 2010 01:37 am (UTC)
Other than the need to remove the grocer's apostrophe from "1850's" and capitalizing "confederate," a very informative sign. You can take care of that while you're there, right?

I'd raise the issue of whose balls were commencing (and what the cannon had to do with that), but I'm not that kind of person.



Stop laughing.
gerisullivan
Jun. 12th, 2010 04:47 am (UTC)
Grin!

Then there's that initial cap "K" on "In Keeping with..." at the beginning.

Hmmm....I once received a complimentary dessert for pointing out the typos on the menu at the first Rainforest Cafe a few weeks after they opened. I could easily have Too Much Fun correcting signage, menus, billboards, and other typography in the wild...and sending an invoice to the appropriate party.
apostle_of_eris
Jun. 13th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
OK, OK, OK, OK!
I will never argue canon with you!
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