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U.S. 3.2 Inch Model of 1885 - Breech Loading - Field Gun - Fairmount Cemetery, Denver, Colorado
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
N 39° 42.501 W 104° 54.784
13S E 507452 N 4395391
Quick Description: 1885 3.2" Breech Block Canon
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 2/1/2009 8:52:04 AM
Waymark Code: WM5Q11
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member PTCrazy
Views: 23

Long Description:

Located near the memorial to 2nd Lt. Francis Lowry at Denver's Fairmount Cemetery, this cannon is in fine condition. The patent for the cannon's breech block may be found here. The stone reads as follows:

United States Field Artillery Cannon (U.S. W.W.I.)
Model 1885
3.2" Breech Block

Additional information: 3.2 Inch Field Gun Model of 1885 & Model of 1897 “These very similar early model field guns were the first modern guns adopted by the Army. They are of American design following the best European practice of the time. The differences between these guns are all in minor details of design and construction. One hundred of the Model 1885 were build, and 262 of the Model 1897. This gun took separate loading ammunition, and had no recoil absorbing mechanism. It gave good service in the Spanish-American war in both Cuba, and in the Philippines, and was the gun Captain Henry J. Reilly’s*^ battery used so effectively in the Boxer Rebellion. Considered obsolete in 1905, these guns were still in storage in the 1920's.” *http://sill-www.army.mil/famag/1985/NOV_DEC_1985/NOV_DEC_1985_PAGES_37_39.pdf ^http://sill-www.army.mil/FAMAG/1933/JAN_FEB_1933/JAN_FEB_1933_FULL_EDITION.pdf U.S. Army Field Artillery Weapons, 1866-1918 Author: Konrad F. Scherier, Jr. Journal: Military Collector & Historian Publisher: Company of Military Historians 1968
What type of artillery is this?: 3.2 Inch Field Gun

Where is this artillery located?: Other

What military of the world used this device?: United States - Exclusively

Artillery is no longer operational: yes

Still may work: no

Are there any geocaches at this location?:
GC11GVX, GC148K6, GC149ZK, GC1BM7N, GC190PJ, GC1DC5T, etc.


Date artillery was in use: Not listed

Date artillery was placed on display: Not listed

Parking location to view this Waymark: Not Listed

Cost?: Not Listed

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