History and Heritage

Prophetstown Civil War Cannon

Prophetstown , IL

Prophetstown’s name honors Wa-bo-kie-shiek, a Native American prophet who served as advisor to Sauk War chief Black Hawk in the 1800s. Half Sauk and half-Winnebago, Wabokieshiek lived in a Winnebago village on the Rock River where the community of Prophetstown stands today.

Located in downtown Prophetstown at Eclipse Square Park on land once home to the Eclipse Lawn Mower Factory, the recently restored park honors area veterans and showcases historical monuments, including an 1870s-era cannon. The Brass Naval War Cannon is a US Navy-3 inch howitzer mounted on a naval field carriage. This weapon was introduced to service in 1876, and all the weapons of this series were manufactured by the Ordinance Department, Washington Navy Yard. They were the first designed and built breech-loading artillery weapons of the US Navy following the Civil War. Their guns were replaced in the early 1890's by more modern rifled cannon. This cannon is one of the last produced. The anchor indicated that it was accepted for operational service. The inspector's initials on the barrel are for two naval officers assigned to the Navy Yard: Commander Theodore F. Jewell and Lieutenant Francis E. Greene. The number 1 marks it as the first one produced during the year.

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  • What To Do: History and Heritage
  • Address: 436 Washington St
  • City: Prophetstown
  • State: IL
  • Postcode: 61277
  • Telephone: (815) 537-5598
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  • Hours: Dawn to Dusk
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