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  • Monument Name

    Gaston County Veterans Howitzer, Gastonia

  • Type

    Weaponry

  • Subjects

    World War I

    Veterans of Multiple Wars

  • City

    Gastonia

  • County

    Gaston

  • Description

    The Krupp Mountain Gun is a small howitzer made by the Fried. Krupp Company in Essen, Germany. This weapon was of a type most likely manufactured in the late 1890’s. This particular weapon shows signs of multiple coats of gray paint from previous restorations and the wooden wheels are showing signs of deterioration. Two markers, one granite and one metal, attest to previous restorations of the howitzer.

    Images: Granite marker | Krupp nameplate | Far-off view | Rear view

  • Inscription

    Granite marker: RESTORED AS A TRIBUTE / TO ALL WHO SERVE TO / PROTECT US. / [Left side] MARKER COMPLIMENT OF / WILEY BROTHERS / MARBLE AND GRANITE / [Right side] CHRISTOPHER LEONARD / EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT 1993

    Metal marker: HENRY SCHMIDLEN / TROOP 11 / EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT / 2005

    Howitzer manufacturer plate: FRIED. KRUPP / ESSEN A/R. NO20.

  • Dedication Date

    Circa 1930

  • Decade

    1930s

  • Geographic Coordinates

    35.263660 , -81.185710 View in Geobrowsemap pin

  • Supporting Sources

      Lovett, Ralph. “7,5cm. Gebirg Kanone L/13,” Lovett Artillery Collection, http://www.lovettartillery.com, (accessed November 15, 2016) Link

      “War Trophies in Demand,” The Western North Carolina Times (Hendersonville, NC), June 20, 1919

  • Public Site

    Yes

  • Materials & Techniques

    Steel

  • Subject Notes

    Mountain guns were artillery pieces designed for use in mountain warfare and areas where usual wheeled transport was not possible. They were generally capable of being broken down into smaller loads for transport by pack animals or humans.

    Acquiring captured military equipment for local communities has long been a popular form of commemoration. After World War One it required a member of the U.S. House of Representatives to sponsor a bill and introduce to the full House. A news report from shortly after World War One’s end stated that 6,000 request had already been submitted. The article noted that the House document room was congested with these “Cannon Bills.”

  • Location

    The howitzer is located at the corner of West Main Street and South York Street, near a side entrance to the main Gastonia Post Office downtown. The post office address is 301 W. Main Street, Gastonia, NC.

  • Landscape

    The Krupp mountain gun stands on the lawn, surrounded by bushes.

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