Battle anniversary recalls cannon’s service to South

Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper: Battle of Pleasant Hill, the day after Battle of Mansfield.

The old Val Verde Cannon was captured at the battle of Mansfield, La. on April 8, 1864.
It later participated as part of the Val Verde Battery against Federal forces in Louisiana, including the Battle of Mansfield.
Normally standing in front of the Freestone County Courthouse in Fairfield,  the field piece was taken to the 150 anniversary reenactment of the battle April 26-27 at Mansfield, La.
The cannon, a model 1861 three-inch ordnance rifle, was made of wrought iron, weighs 816 lbs.,

 

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