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A History of the Navy in 100 Objects
A History of the Navy in 100 Objects

Object 12: Dented Cannon Captured From the HMS Confiance

This cannon was taken from HMS Confiance after the Battle of Plattsburg in 1814. Clearly visible on the muzzle is the indentation from when the gun was struck by an American cannonball, sending the cannon crashing into George Downie, the commander of the British naval forces, killing him instantly. The Americans went on to defeat the British forces, bolstering American morale and helping to bring about the final end of the War of 1812.

Dented Cannon Captured From the HMS Confiance

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