Fort Scott Historic Site Field Artillery Demonstration

Published 07/04 2014 05:59PM

Updated 07/04 2014 08:01PM

FORT SCOTT, KS.--- Today, volunteers at the Fort Scott Historic Site re-enacted life in the 1840's and gave a demonstration of field artillery. 

"Right now we just completed firing the cannon, with a blank round of course. Doing a presentation on the technology of a cannon in the gun," said Mike McCartney, Fort Scott Actor.

The 1800 pound cannon can launch a cannon ball faster than the speed of sound.

"In the 1840's, a good crew could load it in about three times a minute and fire it. Amazingly, the rate of fire was actually controlled by how fast they could get the cannon back on target," said McCartney. 

Soldiers who were played by actors demonstrated how the cannon is fired. Glynn Jones is traveling to Arkansas and decided to stop by the site. He says the demonstration was helpful for him. 

"Well I learned how to load a cannon. So I think if we, you know, if we get into another war where we need such, you know, such a gun. I think I'm gonna be the man for it," said Glynn Jones, Fort Scott Visitor.

Fort Scott staff say it's a good history lesson for everyone. 

"I think it's important to understand how we got where we are today. I know everything just doesn't happen. It all progressed and it's important to see how these things have progressed," said McCartney. 

A special cannon firing at sunset will be held on Saturday night. This symbolizes a military salute to the soldiers who were stationed in Fort Scott during the 1840's.

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