The cannons of Forts Sumter and Moultrie show up often here on “To the Sound of the Guns.” That’s because the forts boast one of the finest collection of Civil War-era heavy artillery. Several of them are one of a kind pieces. Unfortunately those guns are, due to their size, exposed to the elements. A few years ago, the park began an effort to safeguard the guns of “cannon row.” Now the other guns at the forts are receiving due attention. An article from the Moultrie News last month highlighted those efforts. To help fund this, The Fort Sumter Trust has started an Adopt-A-Cannon effort.
Over the last week, the Fort Sumter staff has posted several photos, on their Facebook page, of the work in progress.
The cannon in the photos is an 8-inch columbiad, banded and rifled by the Confederates during the war. Readers will recall that conversion work was done in Charleston, and this gun was among the weapons which defended the harbor during the war.
According to the article, the park service is conducting the preservation effort in partnership with the Warren Lasch Conservation Center:
Using state of the art science and technology that the organization has gained over the 13 years of their research on how best to preserve the Hunley submarine, the partnership has conserved eight cannons on Fort Moultrie’s Cannon Row and two Endicott period guns inside the fort. All eight have been equipped with monitors that measure moisture, temperature and humidity to protect the cannons from the inside out and the outside in.
Good to see the treatment extended to the guns on display within the forts themselves. The article goes on to mention the cost per cannon is about $4,000 for Fort Moultrie and $6,000 for Fort Sumter.
If you’d like to get involved with the Adopt-A-Cannon program, visit http://www.fortsumtertrust.org or email Trust President Doug McIntire at email@example.com. The trust also accepts donations mailed to 40 East Bay Street, Charleston SC 29401.