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Revolutionary War Cannon, Lady Fairhaven Plaque (Memorials)

FAIRHAVEN MEMORIALS                                     

Location: Fort Phoenix Historic Park, Fairhaven, MA

REVOLUTIONARY WAR CANNON, INSCRIPTION ON BRASS PLATE ON BREECH OF BARREL

TAKEN FROM THE BRITISH AT NASSAU  1777  BY COLONIAL
SHIP  OF  WAR  ALFRED  -  PLACED  IN  FORT   PHOENIX  1778
RECAPTURED    BY     BRITISH    AN    LEFT    ON   THE   FORT
SPIKED   AND  WITH  TRUNIONS  KNOCKED   OFF  -   AFTER-
WARDS    MOUNTED    IN    UNION    STREET    FOR   VILLAGE
DEFENSE PLACED HERE 1883   

     In 1832 the cannon was placed muzzle down at the Four Corners.  Around 1847 it was place back in its original upright position at union Street where it remained upon a pair of skids.
     On Wednesday, July 15, 1885, the Fairhaven Improvement Association placed the inscription on a plate attached to the cannon’s breech.  In 1950 the cannon was removed    to the Southwest corner of the town hall lawn, then later moved to Fort Phoenix.

Source: Undated Fairhaven Star Newspaper articles, Millicent Library

Location: Fort Phoenix Historic Park, Fairhaven, MA

THIS TABLET ERECTED
BY THE TOWN OF FAIRHAVEN
IN APPRECIATION OF THE GIFT,
BY THE LADY FAIRHAVEN, OF THE
HISTORIC FORT PHOENIX RESERVATION
IN THE MEMORY OF HER FATHER
HENRY H. ROGERS WHO LOVED
THIS SPOT AND ITS TRADITIONS
1930

Plaque was made in 1931 and placed in a ledge at Fort Phoenix in 1933 at a formal ceremony known as “Lady Fairhaven Day.”  Lady Fairhaven, Mrs. Urbon H. Broughton, daughter of Henry H. Rogers, purchased the 2 1/2 acre fort from the War Department for $5,000. and donated it to the Town of Fairhaven.  The plaque was stolen in August of 1978.  It was later remounted in a granite stone at the enrance to the park


Source: Old Fairhaven Star Newspaper articles, Millicent Library.