Date ca. 1810s
Dimensions Overall: 18 x 22 x 13 in. (45.7 x 55.9 x 33 cm)
Medium Iron
Credit Line Gift of Mrs. James M. Jordan
Description Cannon on carriage with four wheels. Lion's head on carriage. This cannon was dredged out of the channel near Navy Yard, Portsmouth, VA, in 1898. Slightly damaged. Originally, owner, Mr. Robert Tait of Baltimore, MD, bought two cannon, one was stolen.
Exhibition History"The Norfolk Rooms," Willoughby-Baylor House, Norfolk, VA, opened August 16, 2014.
Current Location Chrysler Museum of Art, NHM, Room 101
Object Label Cannon, ca. 1810s English or American Iron This cannon, perhaps an artifact of the War of 1812, was dredged from the channel of the Elizabeth River near the Gosport Navy Yard in Portsmouth. On June 22, 1813, a British fleet attacked American fortifications on Craney Island in Portsmouth, hoping to gain control of the river and its shipping facilities. The Americans were vastly outnumbered and outgunned, but shallow waters and well-placed defenses gave them a tactical advantage. The British suffered heavy losses, and the Battle of Craney Island would be an important victory for the United States. Gift of Mrs. James M. Jordan 31.2.1
Object Number 31.2.1